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9 Jan 2016 by Teenage

We’re into the second week of 2016! School/work has commenced (urgh) and we’re totally looking forward to relaxing our butts off this weekend. Check out our recommendations! 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor 

DO: Yoga at The Yoga Co’s new studio

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Image credit: @theyogaco / Sandra Riley Tang

It’s been a while since I’ve attended a yoga class, but I’m really looking forward to visiting The Yoga’s Co’s new studio at Pahang Street (near Bugis). Drop in lessons are only $50 if you come with a buddy, so book your mats now! 

The Yoga Co. is located at 10A Pahang Street, Singapore 198611.

SHOP: Comme Home

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Image credit: @commehome

Guess who’s still not over the marble trend? As a #flatlay aficionado, I love the use of marble slabs, trays and bowls in my styling. Comme Home has some pieces starting from $49 – totes affordable considering how good they look. 

READ: Nimona

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Set in the medieval times, Nimona is a graphic novel which follows the adventures of a young shapeshifter who applied to be the sidekick of a knight-turned-supervillian-scientist, Lord Ballister Blackheart. We promise you that this fantasty/sci-fi will have you in stitches. Check out the first three chapters online if you don’t believe us. 

Johanna Teo, Writer

ATTEND: aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour 

aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour
Image credit: Sportshub

Mandopop queen a MEI was the true queen of breakup songs eons before Adele appeared on the musical horizon, and her songs still do a number on me no matter how many times I’ve listened to her classics. She’ll be coming to Singapore for her show this weekend and I’ll bet everything I own that her concert is going to be fantastic. 

 aMEI | AMIT UTOPIA World Tour will be held on 8 January at the National Stadium. Tickets from $68, more info here

SHOP: The Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza (9-10 January)

Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza

I never turn down an opportunity to shop, especially when there’re awesome bargains involved. That’s why I’m headed down to The Tinsel Rack’s Sale Bonanza, where there’ll be clothing, shoes, jewellery, watches, phone casings and more for sale at up to 80 per cent off! Also, there’s gonna be eye-candy present while you shop, with the likes of social media influencers like Ding Xuan (@twiggtwiggz) and Valerie Wang (@valeriewang) having a booth selling their pre-loved stuff there as well. Happy shopping! 

The Tinsel Rack Sale Bonanza will be held from 9 to 10 January, at PoMo. More info here

 DIY: Nails

Nails

There’s a lot going on this weekend, so I probably wouldn’t have much time to fashion a full-scale manicure design. But this minimalistic nail design is very easy to achieve: simply glob on clear base polish, wait for it to dry before taping off each portion accordingly (or freehand it if you have steady hands), and paint away! Plus, this design goes with almost every outfit, so that’ll be very handy (pun fully intended). 

Chew Hui Ling, Writer 

ATTEND: EXO PLANET #2 The EXO’luXion in Singapore

EXO PLANET #2 The EXO’luXion in Singapore

By now, every hardcore EXO-L would know that the charming lads are gonna perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this weekend, and we’re guessing you’re probably obsessively looping their tracks, memorising the fan chants, deciding what rad outfit to wear, or all of the above. You’re not alone; we’re just as excited as you are! BTW, tickets are still available at Sportshub if you wanna grab some last-minute tics.

P/S: We’ll be live tweeting/updating throughout, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

VISIT: Polytechnic Open Houses

We’re having our Teenage Campus Run at Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, and if you haven’t already checked out the various diploma offerings, tomorrow’s the last day. While you’re at it, don’t forget to pop by the Teenage booths because there’ll be awesome goodie bags to take home and loads of fun activities to do. Psst, if you’re visiting the SP Open House, you might even spot a wild Iron Man dolling himself up at the free makeup trial provided by Etude House.

APPRECIATE: National Gallery Singapore

 

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We apologise for not talking about the new National Gallery Singapore earlier. From the majestic facade which features a gorgeous roof canopy down to the awe-inspiring artworks that send us back to the early days of Singapore, this is seriously one architectural eye candy not to be missed. The place’s pretty big, so make sure you do your homework before heading down. For the uninitiated, here’s a handy itinerary of what you should do there. You’re welcome!

What’s on your list this weekend? Share you ideas with us! 

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Weekend List - Happy 2016!

31 Dec 2015 by Teenage

It’s officially 2016 guys! The festivities can get a tad hectic, so here are our suggestions on things to do during the first weekend of the New Year. From artsy fartsy brunches to renting an Airbnb apartment to saying goodbye to koalas at the zoo, there’s definitely gonna be something of interest for everyone! 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor

SAY: Goodbye to koalas

Time flies when you’re having fun and in just a few days’ time, we’ll be bidding the koalas at the Singapore Zoo goodbye. Catch a glimpse of these furry marsupials before they head back home to Australia. 

The Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826.

SHOP: Year-end Sale

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With Christmas Day over and 2015 coming to an end, you can expect stores clearing out their stocks to welcome the New Year. If you would like to do some redecorating, HipVan has 15% off all merchandise. But if you prefer visiting brick and mortar stores, most of your fave clothing stores like H&M, Mango, Zara, Aeropostale and Forever 21 are holding their Year-end sale right now. Time to shop for a new wardrobe for 2016! 

STAY: D’Resort@Downtown East

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Nothing spells year-end parties like a BBQ get-together with your best pals. Round up 2015 with a night’s stay at the newly revamped D’Resort@Downtown East. Inspired by nature, this 387-room resort comes in nine different room types, perfect for all parties of all sizes. 

D’Resort@Downtown East is located at 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599.

Johanna Teo, Writer

DO: Personal Reflection

 Personal reflections

As 31st December rolls around each year, I have a mini ritual where I’d find somewhere quiet to pen/type down my thoughts for the year: how it went, how I behaved, what I learned and experienced, what can be improved etc. Cliched as it sounds, I find it helpful because it acts like a chapter summation and revision type of thing if you will. Reflecting about the year helps me track how well it went, and how to make the following year an even better one! This year, I’m going to focus on how I’ve behaved throughout 2015. Have I changed for the better, or worse? How can I be a better daughter/sibling/friend to my loved ones? Don’t be afraid of self-reflection. Sometimes you might not like what you find, but I guess that’s the only way to make things better. As I grow older (gasp) and get busier and busier, it’s easy to change from each experience without noticing. I find that these little exercises help you stay in touch with yourself, or help to discover who you’re becoming. 

STAY: Airbnb apartment

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Credit: Airbnb

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy parties as much as the next person does, but I thought I’d spend a quieter New Years Eve this year. At the very last minute, I decided to book an Airbnb apartment for a chill gathering  with my friends, and I very easily managed to book an affordable yet super comfy looking place! Not only is Airbnb great for finding cheaper alternatives to stay at abroad, it’s come in handy during times like this, where staycations are too expensive or even fully booked. If you’re planning to book one too, make sure you check out user and apartment reviews before going ahead with the booking, because it is a service after all. And you’d want to make your stay an enjoyable one, right? 

DO: Work Out

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Year end festivities are great for the spirit but bad for the body, simply because most of us are busy gobbling up the good food that’ll usually be readily available at Christmas celebrations and new year gatherings. This weekend will be spent putting in hard work at the gym to lose all those unhealthy calories I’ve gained! Exercise kinda sucks (in my opinion), but it’s essential in order to keep looking good and staying healthy. If you’re not into running or going to the gym, there are plenty of options that’ll keep you entertained while you exercise. Check out Passport Asia for places that provide yoga, parkour, aikido, taekwondo, muay thai, gymnastics… the list is endless. 

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

EXPLORE: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Tanjong Pagar Railyway Station
Credit: Schristia via Flickr

This one’s for all the nostalgics out there: news is out that the iconic Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be opening its doors for the New Year on 1 January from 9am to 6pm. It’s a once-in-a-blue-moon chance for you to bust out those snap-happy fingers on the historical grounds, while the artistic types can put their skills to good use by submitting sketches of the national monument. Who knows, you might be able to see your artwork on display the next time it’s open to public!

WATCH: MBC Gayo Daejun

MBC Gayo Daejun 2015

For the K-pop geeks who prefer staying away from the festivity malarkey, one countdown fest not to be missed is the MBC Gayo Daejun. It’s the last of the big three year-end music extravaganza in South Korea (with SBS having more misses than hits, and KBS showing ’em how it’s done), and we certainly hope this one’s gonna end off the year with a big bang. The line-up includes EXO, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, INFINITE, 4minute, BTS, GOT7, VIXX, B.A.P etc.

You may live stream MBC Gayo Daejun 2015 on K-pop Stream.

BRUNCH: The Artistry

The Artistry

If you’re looking for a cosy suppper pit-stop after the fireworks and countdown parties, how ’bout ringing in 2016 the artistic way at The Artistry? The cafe cum art gallery will be holding a special overnight brunch service (yes, brunch!) from 10pm today till 6am the next day. Here, you can sip on espresso martinis while savouring chili crab burgers, freshly-made pancakes and PBJ french toasts from dawn till dusk. We couldn’t think of a more decadent way to start off the New Year!

P/S: Thanks for supporting for us the past year, the Teenage team wishes all our awesome readers a lovely 2016 ahead!

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Weekend List - Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2015 by Teenage

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Teenage team recommends activities, music and Pinterest-DIYs to make this festive season (and long weekend) an even better one. 

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER

VISIT: Treasures of the World from The British Museum at National Museum of Singapore

Treasures of the World from The British Museum

If you want to head to somewhere that isn’t so Christmasy, head on down to the National Museum of Singapore and explore artefacts at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London! Come face to face with the “unlucky mummy” falsely rumoured to have sunk the Titanic, marvel at gold jewellery from ancient Mesopotamian graves and be fascinated by the magical transformation mask from the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. Admission is free for all students and guided tours are available too!

National Museum of Singapore is located at 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

MAKE: Easy Christmas Treats

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Having guests over to your place for some festive celebrations but wayyy behind on food preparation (like me)? If you don’t mind making some DIY bites, here are some really easy treats you can cook up in this short period of time! I’m going to give these Christmas Tree Brownies a go, they look super cute and are the perfect door gifts!

LISTEN: All I Want For Christmas Is You – BOM&HI

This is the perfect emo song to listen for all you Black Jacks (including me) out there. All I want for Christmas is 2NE1 to make a comeback! I miss Bom so much I can literally listen to this song all day pining over her voice and her 4D personality. Do you guys remember how perfect 2NE1’s MAMA 2015 performance was? *sobs*

JOHANNA TEO, WRITER

WATCH: Ip Man 3

By now, I’m pretty convinced that there’s no better actor to play the role as legendary Wing Chun master Ip Man like Donnie Yen. In this third film, Ip Man stands against a crooked property developer played by none other than Mike Tyson in what’s definitely gonna be an epic showdown – also is it me or does the term ‘property developer’ not sound as menacing as it is on film? Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to seeing Yen kicking ass onscreen like he’s done in the previous two titles! 

LISTEN: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ – Ariana Grande and Larry Lovestein (Mac Miller) 

Everyone’s recommending their pick of Christmas songs, so here’s mine! I especially love Ariana Grande and Mac Miller’s version of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. There’s just something about the teasing lyrics and the subtle way the tune brings about the whole ‘crackling fire, snowy night’ feel that truly paints the perfect picture of Christmas to me. Happy coincidence: Ariana Grande’s our January 2016 cover girl for the first time ever, so go on and grab a copy of Teenage yeah? 

DIY: Marble Nails 

 

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I’m straying away from the usual red, green, glitter trends that adorn nails everywhere during this festive season, and marble nails are a great way to appear polished (no pun intended) yet stylishly appropriate for the entire season. Plus, it’s easy enough – all you need is some cling wrap and a few polish shades and you’re good to go! Tip: make sure your base coat is properly dried before proceeding on to paint on the colours. 

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

VISIT: The Projector

The Projector
Credit: Justin Loh

If braving the crowd isn’t exactly your idea of a fun Christmas weekend, how ’bout seeking refuge away from the downtown madness at The Projector instead? This hipster-worthy alternative cinema showcases a carefully-curated roster of cult favourites, indie productions, local films etc. Grab a seat on their retro-cool flip-up chairs and catch the premiere of Carol on Christmas Eve, amongst other notable offerings such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Assassin, Macbeth and more. Check out The Projector’s Films & Events page for the complete schedule. And if you’ve gotten tickets to the screenings today, take a peep under your seats for a nice lil’ surprise!

The Projector is located at 6001 Beach Road, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589.

WATCH: White Christmas

White Christmas

For those of you who are heading over to your BFF’s house to chillax or simply lazing around at home, and maybe you’re too spoilt for choice on which Christmas flick to watch, I’ve got a recommendation for y’all. Don’t be fooled by its nondescript name though: White Christmas is a Korean mini series chockfull of gorgeous ulzzang hunks and babes, and while you might dismiss it as your typical rom-com trope, you’ll be surprised to find out that it’s anything but. The story’s set in a prestigious high school where all the students have already gone home for Christmas, only 8 stayed behind. Each of them receives a mysterious letter:

I kept thinking about it. When did it all begin?
You tainted me, made me pitiful.
You made me a monster in the corner.
You silenced me.
You ridiculed my false hopes.
You took the only thing I had and put it around your neck.
I held out my hand and you let go.
You deleted me from your eyes.
Finally, you overtook me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  
After 8 days, walk up the path by the Zelkova tree.
Under the clock tower, you will find someone dead. The night that Jesus was born, I curse you. 

Well… not so much of a bubbly White Christmas drama now, is it? This show will send chills down your spine in the most intriguing, yet humanly satisfying way. Watch it and let us know how it fared in the comments below!

LISTEN: Sing For You – EXO

Following Venetia’s suggestion, here’s yet another emo track for all the depressed souls who love a good cry every now and then. Not sure why, but EXO always seemed to be sad during Christmas – ‘Miracles in December’ in 2013, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in 2014, and now, ‘Sing For You’. This heart-wrenching ballad features the vocals of all nine members instead of the usual trio, as they waxed lyrical with intricate scenes that depict loneliness whenever they’re alone. Of course, fans can’t help but to dream up possible connections to the members who left the group… Sigh. Big hugs to all the EXO-Ls reading this!

Happy holidays everybody!

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5 Budget Vacations For Everyone

22 Dec 2015 by Rachael Lim

We are certain some of you wish you could escape from all the gatherings and gift exchanging during the festive season, however not all of us can afford a getaway every now and then. But no worries! Be it the shopaholic or the adventurer, we’ve got the budget vacation just for you.

Note: All prices were accurate at time of search, prices may fluctuate on a daily basis.

For the Shopaholic: Bangkok

Flight fare: $300 – 350
Accommodation: $20/day
Total budget for 4D/3N: $600 

Bangkok SceneryCredit: bangkok.peninsula.com

For the shopaholics, do not give Bangkok (aka shopping heaven) a miss! Super affordable clothes, accessories and shoes are abundant AND the best part is bargaining for an even lower price! But you do get what you pay for so don’t expect the quality of the clothes to be superb and try not to get overly excited and bust your budget on the first day.

Cheap Shopping At Bangkok PratunamCredit: aroimakmak

Get your shopping done at Platinum Mall and Chatuchak Market in the day and then check out the night markets at Khao San, Patpong, Rod Fai Market or Petchburi at Pratunam!

Cheap Delicious Food At Bangkok Soi 38Credit: NerdNomads

How can we forget about food?! Eat your fill at Sukhumvit Soi 38 and immerse yourself in the local dining atmosphere! Must tries are the Grilled Seafood/Meat, Thai Wanton Noodle, Phad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice. It has been said that you can have a feast there for just 150Baht (approx. $6)!

For the Scenery Lover: Phuket

Flight fare: Approximately $260 – $300
Accommodation: $50/day
Total budget for 4D/3N: $650

Old Phuket Town ThailandCredit: Phuket

If you are about soaking in the scenery and getting to know more about the culture of a place, Phuket might be your ideal destination. Consider staying at a guesthouse and travel down to locations such as the famous Patong Beach, Wat Chalong Temple, Phi Phi Island and the Big Buddha.

Phuket Thailand Patong BeachCredit: patong-sunbeach

Muay Thai At Phuket Patong BeachCredit: tripadvisor

If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch some intense Muay Thai action aka Thai boxing at Patong Beach.

Old Phuket TownCredit: Stylearia

For somewhere off the beaten track, check out the heritage rich Old Phuket Town. You will find shrines, temples, ornate and beautifully preserved ‘shophouses’, quaint cafes, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district.

For the Beach Freak: Langkawi

Flight fare: Approximately $250 – $300
Accomodation: $25/day
Total budget for 4D/3N: $600

Clear Waters Of Langkawi MalaysiaCredit: Dreamstime

You need not spend a fortune just to feast your eyes on the marvellous scenery of the clear blue ocean! Laze around in Langkawi, an isle on the west coast of Malaysia, which also happens to have crystal clear waters that you can use as a backdrop for some Instagram worthy shots.

Best of all, it’s possible to book the budget friendly resorts located near the picturesque Langkawi Beach

Langkawi SnorkelingCredit: hafiez301

Travelling around would be an issue if you don’t rent a car so instead of travelling out, explore the vicinity of your resort! Stay somewhere nearby, walk down to the Pulau Payar Marine Park and sign up for the beach package that costs approximately $59.05 for a chance to snorkel and swim with the fishes. Psst.. it’s a full day thing so you don’t have to be worried about getting bored.

Langkawi Eagle Square MalaysiaCredit: amigo.my

And if you are somewhere near Langkawi’s iconic Eagle Square, make sure to take a picture there and strike it off your bucket list! 

For the History Enthusiast: Ho Chi Minh

Flight fare: Approximately $260 – $280
Accomodation: $20/day
Total budget for 4D/3N: $550

Vietnam Ho Chi MinhCredit: vietnamtravelgroup.com.vn

People with the passion to learn more about what happened during the Vietnam War would love Ho Chi Minh. It is not only rich in history and but also the largest city in Vietnam with a fast growing economy.

War Remnants Museum At Vietnam Ho Chi MinhCredit: english.cinet.vn

Learn more about the history of this beautiful place through various means such as visiting the War Remnants Museum or the Cu Chi Tunnels in a half day tour to find out more about these tunnels which were used by the Vietnam soldiers back during the Vietnam war.

Hong Kong Kaiteki Hotel at Ho Chi Minh CityCredit: buravi

As for your accommodation, do try out the Hong Kong Kaiteki Hotel. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, you don’t get to sleep in an enclosed capsule that is big enough to fit one everyday right? 

For the Adventurer: Phang Nga

Flight fare: Approximately $240 – $310
Accomodation: $15/day
Total budget for 4D/3N: $700

Phang Nga Bay James Bond IslandCredit: Phuket-tours-24

For the thrill seekers, Phang Nga Bay or aka James Bonds Island is just for you. Other than enjoying the scenic view of the majestic nature and the turquoise blue ocean, you can also put your kayaking skills to action by kayaking around Phang Nga Bay which is approximately $150 for a day tour where you’ll get to see the crystalline limestone caves up close and personal. Or you can even go for rock climbing, white water rafting and biking.

If you have enough budget, you can even consider exploring nearby town Krabi, which is around 1.5 hours away by bus for just 80Baht (approx. $3.20)! 

Bike Cycle Hostel Phang NgaCredit: booking

Bike Cycle Hostel is a peaceful and the perfect stay for youths. You can get a private room for 2 or even go for the dorm for 4. Their rates are super affordable and it includes free bicycle rentals and breakfast! We approve.

Any location that caught your eye? It’s never too early to plan for your trip, so start saving up!

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Weekend List - Star Wars!

17 Dec 2015 by Teenage

This week is officially Star Wars week for all of us here at Teenage HQ. The fever is on and we will do anything and everything Star Wars related! #SimiSaiAlsoStarWars

VENETIA SNG, SENIOR WRITER

WATCH: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order, respectively, and follows new leads alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films. Do I even need to emphasise how much you need to watch this movie? It’s the movie of the year. Nuff said. 

EAT: Dazzling Cafe x Sweet Tweety

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For 2 months only, the entire cafe will be decked in Tweety-themed decorations and a special Tweety-edition menu will be featured! Expect all-things Tweety with the Dazzling’s Lava Toast ($14.90), Profiteroles ($8.90), Mac and Cheese ($22.90), Biscotti ($10.90), Iced Teas ($7) and Au Laits ($7) incorporated with Tweety designs. There will be Dazzling Cafe x Sweety Tweety collectibles available for sale too!

Dazzling Cafe is located at Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road #01-85, Singapore 178906

VISIT: Singapore Really Really Free Market 39

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The Really Really Free Market is a temporary market based on the concept of giving and building a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Yes, your eyes aren’t fooling you, EVERYTHING is free! By sharing, we are reducing consumption and waste of our natural resources, re-using what we don’t need anymore by passing it on, and most importantly, showing everyone that there are more sustainable and loving ways to live. So head on down to the market and donate what you can for a better cause!

Singapore Really Really Free Market 39 will be held at Hong Lim Park

JOHANNA TEO, WRITER

DIY: Christmas gifts 

Sugar ScrubImage Credit: Brit+C0

I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas because although I love buying presents for my loved ones, these gifts cost money which I’ve already spent on shopping… Oops. And so like every other year, I’ve been trawling Pinterest for gifts that I can DIY. Here are a few I found, like these DIY coasters (which I gifted last year) or body scrubs, or even hand-painted mugs etc., that are totally easy and practically cost-free. It’ll be awesome if you could give me some ideas on what to do as well because I honestly can’t decide as of this current moment. Tweet us @TeenageMagazine or comment below with your suggestions (or if you want to just rant about how Christmas is making you broke as well)! Thanks in advance (: 

SHOP: Sally’s Rooms Candles

 

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For those who aren’t as keen on DIY-ing your gifts, and are stuck with doing gift exchanges with your relatives (as I am), candles are a pretty safe choice. I’ve tried out Sally’s Rooms’ candles, and my favourite out of all their different scented candles has got to be the Sake one.  These Instagram-worthy candles are handmade out of soy wax, so that means you can burn these babies guilt-free, seeing as they’re eco-friendly, completely free of pesticides and will burn longer than conventional candles. You can check ’em out here.

PLAY: Lightsaber Escape

Lightsaber EscapeImage Credit: The Verge

We’re all infected with the Star Wars fever (not that I’m complaining), and the next coolest thing apart from the actual movie itself, has got to be the web game that Google has released in lieu of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The game’s pretty simple – do battle with stormtroopers aboard a Star Destroyer while wielding your phone as a lightsaber. We’ve tried playing it and it’s definitely anything but easy, despite how effortless it sounds. BTW, to play Lightsaber Escape, all you have to do is head to this link, and proceed to calibrate your phone (just hold it straight, like you would hold a lightsaber). Of course, you can only play this game on Google Chrome (duh). Enjoy! 

CHEW HUI LING, WRITER

LISTEN: Ken Loh

Ken Loh
Credit: Humans of Singapore

If you ever happen to pass by a young dude who dons geeky specs busking along the streets of Orchard Road, take a moment to stop and appreciate the musical bliss. This impossibly talented lad, who goes by the name of Ken Loh, shows up outside Mandarin Gallery/Wisma Atria on Fridays and weekends to raise funds for college. Ken can often be heard belting out a classic Ed Sheeran number (sounds a lil’ like him too!), and never fails to attract a lovely crowd every time he performs. Try spotting him, and make his day with a few dollar bills or so. Trust me – you’ll love what you hear.

EAT: Atmosphere Bistro & Cafe

Just look at how cute this Totoro x Teenage cuppa is! This customised creation is specially crafted by the super creative Serene from Atmosphere Bistro & Cafe, and she does some darn good 3D latte art too! It only costs an extra dollar on top of your order to get these utterly adorable foam sculptures on your coffee. Slight problem though: you’ll most likely have a hard time convincing yourself to sip up her masterpieces – it’s not every day you get coffee that looks this good!

P/S: Our January Tuckshop giveaway will be up very soon, so be sure to visit our site again if you wanna to score some cash vouchers for your next cafe-hopping trip.

DIY: Miniature Christmas Trees

Christmas DIY
Credit: Vicky Andhika

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s probably time to add some festive cheer to your home! These miniature Christmas trees are made by our pals from SquareRooms, plus it’s incredibly quick and easy to put together. All you have to do is to spray silver paint on mini paint pots, then green paint on decorative pinecones. Once it’s dry, simply pop a pinecone into the pot and glue a silver star on top. There you go!

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