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You're Just A Click Away From Making A Difference!

17 Jan 2018 by Bryan Yeong

Make a positive change for the world in 2018, starting with these social platforms that grant you the power of giving back – all in the palm of your hands.

Action Button

Action Button

Have a cause you’re passionate about and would like to advocate for? Whether it’s human equality, animal rights or environmental changes, there’s no better time to step up and take action. Enter Action Button, a website that aims to connect groundbreaking changes to the public. How it works is by discovering targeted audiences that share a similar interest for your cause, thereby converting their clicks into awareness via social media. There’s also a fund-raising option if you’d like to further contribute!

ShareTheMeal

Share The Meal

While we often go hungry throughout the day and start wondering which craving to satiate, have we stopped to remember that there are many children out there who go through everyday starving, sometimes literally to death? Take some time out of your day to help feed hungry kids around the world with a simple tap. With the ShareTheMeal app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store), you’ll be able to see exactly whom your donation goes to, and you can even form virtual rescue teams with your friends towards ending world hunger together.

TradeMade

TradeMade

In an effort to reduce the amount of wastage we produce on the regular, the TradeMade app (free, available on iTunes app store) strives to cultivate a healthier culture of swapping items instead of purchasing them. Think an eco-friendly Carousell, whereby you strike up conversations with fellow green-thumbed individuals to trade your pre-loved items. This way, there wouldn’t be any scenario of your belongings simply being trashed and going to waste, which helps to minimise carbon emissions as well! Saving money and the environment? Count us in.

Fotition

Fotition

If you’re beginning to find Instagram a mindless scrolling activity to pass time, why not channel your double taps to something more productive instead? The Fotition app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store) packs a similar photo-sharing function, except that the images posted go towards raising money and awareness for social initiatives that matter. Past viral campaigns include the Marvel Studios Hero Acts that aids children in Haiti, or the Fruit-Face Challenge where sponsors donate food to children. There’s always a fun activity to take on, and the fact that you’re doing it for a good cause at the same time makes it that much sweeter!

ResQwalk

ResQwalk

For animal- lovers hoping to spark a change, get the ResQwalk app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store) for your phone. Reward your daily paces by raising awareness about pet adoption and finding suitable homes for animals from welfare organisations. All you need to do is choose an animal welfare partner from a list of choices, decide on your personal outdoor activity for the day, and you’re all set. For an added boost of motivation mid-workout, think of the better life you’ll be contributing for the furry friends!

Giving.sg

Giving.sg

Similar to fund-raising campaigns on Kickstarter, you can do your part as a socially responsible citizen by backing up local causes and communities you’re passionate about. Giving.sg is an online social movement created to make a difference in the lives of others, starting with your actions. From causes spanning disabilities to humanitarian works, there’s bound to be one that suits your fancy towards donating to or volunteering your services for.

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage. 

What’s a cause you’re passionate about? We’d love to hear – let us know in the comments below!

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18 Super Cute Planners To Help You Start 2018 In Style

10 Jan 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

As much as we rely on the Google Calendar to keep track of our schedules, there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ paper planner to jot down your to-dos on the fly and have everything mapped out at one glance. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 18 stylish picks that will help you to stay organised for the new year ahead. Click away!

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Here Are All The Coolest Tech Toys You Can Buy Right Now

28 Dec 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Retro phones, Instagram pocket printers and a selfie camera that looks like a makeup compact? iPhone X isn’t the only new tech in town – here are some of the hottest gadgets of 2017.

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Ionic

For anyone seeking the smarts of a fitness tracker in a sleek form, the Fitbit Ionic ($458) ticks all the right boxes. This do-it-all timepiece comes loaded with innovative features such as personalised guidance, improved heart rate technology and music storage – keeping fit while looking stylish has never been easier!

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

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Don’t be fooled by its size, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom ($149) packs a serious punch that’s loud enough to fill a room with 360-degree sound of up to 10 hours. And with its waterproof feature (it can even float on its own!), you can bring your music wherever the road takes you.

LG V30+

LG-V30+

If entertainment is all you’re looking for, get your hands on the LG V30+ ($1,098). It might be a tad pricey, but the plethora of multimedia capabilities – including a F1.6 aperture camera lens, a cine video mode and premium sound tuned by B&O PLAY – makes it well worth the splurge.

Instax SHARE SP-3 Printer

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Fancy turning your Instagram archive into square prints? Let the Instax SHARE SP-3 Printer ($309) make your nostalgia dreams come true
 – this compact machine churns out your favourite shots straight from your smartphone, all printed in a retro-styled 1:1 format. There’s also a variety of collage templates and special effects available on the app for you to customise your prints.

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 3G

We might be in the era of iPhones and galaxys, but nothing beats the good ol’ Nokia sets of yesteryears. Here’s a blast from the past: the Nokia 3310 ($99) has made a comeback, and it doesn’t disappoint. The revamped version boasts a boundless battery life and the iconic silhouette we’ve grown to love, complete with an upgraded display, 2MP camera and 3G data connectivity.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

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There’s no doubt that Samsung takes its wearables very seriously, and the latest Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro ($268) is proof. Keeping track of your workouts will be a breeze with the addition of improved features such as continuous heart rate monitoring, accurate health insights and built-in GPS. Oh, did we mention it’s also water-resistant?

Casio TR-M11

Casio TR-M11

Makeup compact meets compact camera in the form of the Casio TR-M11 ($699). This palm-sized beauty comes equipped with makeup functions and a total of eight ring lights around the lens for the perfect selfie. With its adorable clamshell design and candy colours, you’d probably want to show off your new cam more than your own self-portraits!

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL 

We’ve got more reasons to get snap-happy about thanks to the Google Pixel 2 XL (POA). Unlike other dual- sensor devices in the market, this 12MP shooter takes on the world with a single camera, to stunning results. Coupled with video stablisation, unlimited media storage and even built-in AR stickers, what’s not to love?

JBL Pulse 3

JBL-Pulse-3

Get the party started with the JBL Pulse 3 ($339)! Not only does it deliver 12 hours of fully immersive audio, this electrifying dynamo even flashes to the beat of your favourite tunes at your command – turning your party into a fully customisable, 360-degree light show.

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB950B1

Sony-Extra-Bass-SRS-XB950B1

To further amplify your audio experience, pump up the bass with the Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB950B1 ($269). These wireless headphones keep the party going for up to 18 hours, ensuring deep and punchy bass with every note. You can even experiment with the presets on the Sony Headphones Connect app, whether it’s generating club-ready beats or channeling arena-sized sound.

This article was adapted from the December 2017 issue of Teenage.

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When it comes to presents, one thing’s for sure: nothing will put the smile on your parents’ faces better than a good meal and family bonding time can! Here’s a list of dining spots to head to this festive season. 

Oxwell and Co

Oxwell-and-CoPhoto: @mykemotus

This three-story dining experience will wow your parents without burning a huge hole in your pocket. The dining area on the second floor is furnished with full length French windows – light and whimsical in the day and oozing with a casual elegance at night, a perfect setting for your family gathering. Their menu is filled with signature British classics that will crank up that festive meter for you and the fam.

Price: Mains start at $22++
Venue: 5 Ann Siang Road, China Town

The Market Grill

Market Grill 3Who says a Christmas dinner can’t be a casual affair? If you’re a family who loves to get their fingers greased up with a hearty burger, The Market Grill is the ideal restaurant for you! Go for the Bleu Cheese Burger ($25++), a classic cheese burger made with artisan bleu cheese, sweet caramalised onion marmalade and bacon atop a juicy patty between walnut raisin buns. Or opt for the Sword Fish Burger ($26++) if you’re craving for a refreshing palette – made with herbed mayo, mango salsa and a crispy romaine lettuce, the grilled fish is also a healthier choice.

Price: Burgers from $22++
Venue: 208 Telok Ayer Street

Hotel Fort Canning

Hotel Fort CanningIf lunch and dinner is too mainstream for mom and pops, how about some high tea? The Festive Hi-Tea set has a combination of sweet and savoury bites like the sea food kueh pie tee, chocolate éclair, salmon and cucumber sandwiches with caviar and assorted mirror glazed cakes.And it comes with aromatic TWG teas or coffees; you can top up $10 for a flute of champagne to really pamper your parents.

Price: From $30++
Venue: 11 Canning Walk

Oriole

OrioleFor a budget-friendly meal that is just as filling and delicious, head down to Oriole for their festive offerings – for your main course, choose between a roast turkey with poached eggs or Oriole glazed ham with roasted vegetables. Then, take your pick of festive drinks, from the Grinch Frappe (made of peppermint and vanilla), Orange Spice Chocolate or a Gingerbread Latte and dig into the scrumptious red velvet cupcake dessert. Talk about ending your meal right!

Price:$38++
Venue: 96 Somerset Road #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard

The Square Restaurant


Photo: Chope

All you can eat cold prawns and mussels, grilled barramundi, beef rending, roasted turkey, basked seabass, risotto and various christmas desserts? Sign us up! This melting pot of cuisines will satisfy every food craving your family can possibly have.

Price: Weekday Lunch $38++, Weekend Lunch including eve of and on public holidays $48++, Dinner $58++
Venue: Novotel, 177A River Valley Road

Baba Chews

Festive Fare at Baba ChewHow about a Christmas meal that celebrates local culture? Baba Chews is offering a festive weekend brunch menu with seven Peranakan dishes including the classic kueh pie tee, achar and rich coconut desserts. Save some room for the all you can eat Beef Rendang Bun, Nonya Laksa and Buah Keluak Waffles! Dine on the eve or during Christmas and New Year for a luxurious Nonya fusion meal including a serving of Bakwan Kepiting – the traditional soup with homemade crab stock, crab and pork meatballs.

Price: Festive Brunch $38++, Festive Exclusive Brunch $48++
Venue: 86 East Coast Road, Katong Square

Full of Luck Club

Full-of-Luck-ClubBraised ham and duck stuffed in a paper cone, fresh salmon in a pocket of crisp and golden puff pastry, scallops and ikura atop longevity noodles in a superior broth – these are just some of the dishes your palette will be treated to at the Modern-Cantonese restaurant this Christmas!

Price: $38++
Venue: Holland Village, 243 Holland Avenu

The Black Swan

Black Swan PORKCHOP

From its modern art-deco themed decor to its delectable cuisine, be prepared to be blown away at The Black Swan. Their luxurious set lunch will have you spoilt for choice from the get go – Foie Gras Parfait, Steak Tartare or Pan-Seared George Bank Scallops? Even your mains will put you in an equally tough pickle, Steak and Fites, Herb-Crusted Wakanui Lamb Rack or Roasted Iberian Pork Chop – whichever you pick, it’ll definitely be good. 

Price: Festive 2 Course Set Lunch $42++, Ala Carte Mains from $32++
Venue: 19 Cecil Street 

The Cavery

The CaveryThis year, Park Hotel presents a Spanish inspired Christmas feasts! Look forward to the 28-Day Dry Sged US Black Angus Prime Rim, Squid and Olive Salad, Red Mullet Fish with Mojo Verde and other delectable delights! Join in on the festive fun during the eve or during public holidays to enjoy a performance by carollers and an added Spanish Suckling Pig dish!

Price: $45++ for lunch, $58++ for dinner (Premium price charged on eve and public holidays)
Venue: Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road

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Makan@JenEat to your heart’s content to celebrate the Yuletide! Aside from the usual seafood on ice variety, sashimi cuts and assorted sushi with a fully equipped sauce station, dig into their festive mains – laksa flavoured roast turkey, roasted beef, baked lasagna, white snapper fillet with lime butter, braised pork knuckles and laksa fried rice. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

Price: Lunch from $45++, Dinner from $68++ (Premium price charged on eve and public holidays)
Venue: 277 Orchard Road

Where will you be celebrating Christmas? Share your recommendations in the comment section!

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We explored Prudential Marina Bay Carnival ahead of the crowds to find out if it truly is worth all the hype. Our verdict? It definitely is!

Singapore’s largest carnival is in town! Officially opening after a week’s delay, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival spans over 25,000 square metres and boasts over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, more than 20 food vendors and over 1 million toys to be won. Not to mention the lineup of musical acts that will be performing throughout the duration of the carnival. Starting from today till 1 April 2018, the mega-event is perfect not only for adrenaline junkies and carnival lovers, but also for those who’d like a memorable experience. After all, many of the rides and games were specially flown in from Europe – you’ll have fun strolling through fairgrounds and revelling in the nostalgic atmosphere. Needless to say, huge crowds should be expected, especially during the opening weeks. If you’re heading down this weekend, here’s a guide of what to see, play and eat! 

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Venues 

The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival spreads across two locations at Marina Bay: the Promontory and Bayfront Event Space. The former houses mostly carnival games and attractions like the Paddle Boats, Star Flyer and Inflatable Zone, while the latter hosts a wider spread of thrill rides, food options and games. 

The Promontory Marina BayBayfront Event Space Marina Bay 

Payment Methods

While entry to the carnival is free, rides and games at the carnival cost from $4 to $14 – you should also be prepared to shell out $15 to $20 on food. Much like its other carnival counterparts, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival uses credits in place of cash; you’ll have to purchase and top-up credits via an RFID card onsite. If you’d like to beat the queues, Klook offers an advanced booking carnival package which consists of $35 worth of game credits and $20 worth of food coupons. Purchase the bundle here and cut down on your waiting time at the fairgrounds! Update: according to our friends at Klook, score get an additional $5 off the carnival package by using this promo code: MBCFIVE

Rides

With over 22 rides and attractions, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. Here are the rides any thrill seeker should definitely hit up!

Star Flyer

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Where: Promontory
Thrill meter: 3/5 
Credits: 10

The highlight ride at the Promontory, the Star Flyer lifts riders up 35-metres off the grounds and offers a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the event and city skyline. 

Das Fun Schiff

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Where: Bayfront Event Space @ Marina Bay
Thrill meter: 2/5
Credits: 9

The viking rides from our childhood makes a comeback with Das Fun Schiff! For those who prefer a thrill without having to lift off into the high heavens, this one’s for you. 

Mach 5 

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Where: Bayfront Event Space @ Marina Bay
Thrill meter: 5/5
Credits: 14

Are you ready to be twisted repeatedly at a speed of 96km per hour while hoisted 55 metres in the air? Adrenaline junkies should definitely strap onto the tallest ride at the carnival for a blood pumping experience that might just make you heave. 

Euro Coaster

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Where: Bayfront Event Space @ Marina Bay
Thrill meter: 3/5
Credits: 10

A potential crowd favourite, this classic roller coaster promises sharp, tight turns and bunny hops that produces high lateral G-forces and a dropping sensation for a heart in mouth experience. If you’re a fan of USS Battle Star Galactica: Cylon, you will surely enjoy this ride.  

Jungle River 

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Where: Bayfront Event Space @Marina Bay
Thrill Meter: 2/5 
Credits: 8

Prepare for a splashing good time at the only wet ride at the carnival – you’ll cruise along the water course, navigate unassuming climbs before getting dunked straight into the rapids. This ride is definitely an entertaining way to cool off in the heat. Jump on this ride before you leave the premises to avoid the discomfort that wet clothes entail, you don’t want to catch a cold during the peak of this holiday season!

Games 

With a whopping 1,200,000 toys from Marvel and Pixar to be won at the carnival across 25 different games, and a limited amount of credits, you’ll definitely have to play smart. Here are our top picks! 

Wiggle Wire 

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Star Wars fans, bring your steady hands to score huge Yoda and Storm Trooper plushies. The Wiggle Wire requires players to deftly manoeuvre a metal ring through a rotating wire without touching it – much like the game of Operation, the thingamajig will buzz shrewdly every time both metals come into contact.  

Goblets

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Score a new Toy Story friend by tossing a ball into these goblets – aim for the coloured cups to win the ‘premium’ plushies. 

Hot Shots 

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Drag that basketball playing friend to this game to score a gorilla pal!

Mini Hoop the Block 

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Our favourite of the carnival games simply because of its super cute unicorn prizes, Mini Hoop the Block is way more difficult than it seems. You’ll have to toss hula hoops around the plushie and make sure the entire hoop falls flat – no prizes if the hoop gets wedged on the block! You’ll have to successfully clear three hoops to get the ultra huge unicorn. 

Can Blaster

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Ready, aim, fire! Winnie the Pooh and Friends toys are waiting for you to bring ’em home, so topple over those cans and you’ll be set.  

Food 

 Pulled Beef Mantou

You won’t have to worry about going hungry at the carnival because there are 26 food vendors serving up delicious grub. From Three Bun’s tasty burgers to cheesy goodness at the Raclette Factory to Truffle Lobster Roll Croissant from Street Food Circus Singapore, get your tummies ready for the galore of food that’s coming your way! 

Things To Take Note Of

We fully advise that you stay light on your feet and stick to the bare essentials while at the carnival. Here are some things to bring (or not): 

Poncho 
With December being a particularly rainy month and the carnival being held outdoors, experiencing downpour seems inevitable. Prep ponchos beforehand so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the carnival games (even in the rain!) instead of scrambling around looking for shelter.

Fan
If you’re the type that can’t stand the heat, pack a fan to help you coast through the crowd without getting too sweaty. 

Wet Tissues 
Ah the sweet relief of being able to clean off sticky fingers easily after grabbing a messy bite. You won’t regret bringing wet wipes with you even though it may seem a tad auntie

Phone Rings
Thinking of bringing your phone up with you on the rides? Make sure you’ll be able to hold onto it securely because some of the rides are wild – we suggest sticking on a phone ring or a lanyard so you’ll have a extra good grip.

Covered Shoes 
Ditch your favourite slippers and opt for sensible shoes instead. Whether you’re going on 55-metre rides or trying to avoid getting stepped on in the crowd or leaping around huge rain puddles,  flimsy slippers aren’t a good idea. Comfort is key! 

Tote Bag 
With over one million toys to score at the carnival, we’re sure you’ll leave with more than a few prizes in hand. Make your life way easier by bringing an eco-friendly tote bag that’s large enough to stuff your spoils of war in. As much as possible, keep your hands free and easy. 

The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival opens daily from now till 1 April 2018, from 4pm to 11pm except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve where the carnival is open from 3pm to 2am.

All images courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Will you be heading down to the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival? Let us know in the comment section, and tag us on Instagram (@TeenageMagazine). 

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