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CONTENTS

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3 FASCINATING TECHNOLOGIES YOU CAN’T MISS

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RISING STAR: ELSON SOH

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FACTS OF LIFE

BAR JOKES

With every issue we’ve produced so far, we’ve always strived to do better, including the one you’re holding right now. We’ve somehow defied the laws of physics/logic by delivering a bigger issue (more pages), in a shorter time (one month after our last, instead of two) and yet providing even better deals and more interactive content than ever. QR MART

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BEAUTY TIPS WITH WATER

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5 COOL/USEFUL SKILLS TO LEARN IN 5 MINUTES

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THE JOY OF SCARCITY

23 lifestyle 32 REAL DEAL

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fascinating technologies that you cannot miss TEXT: DES, POPCORN INDIANA, LEAP MOTION, SCOTT STARRETT

You’ve probably never thought these technological marvels are possible. But they are. Find out how these little gadgets can help make your life just a little more delightful in ways you’ve never imagined.

THE POPINATOR A popcorn launcher that targets your mouth. Yes, we aren’t joking. According to Popcorn Indiana, their very own Popinator Project aims to change the popcorn eating experience by making it more fun. The idea behind The Popinator is to instantly deliver popcorn into a person's mouth just by saying the word "pop". PHOTO: POPCORN INDIANA

The Popinator will be able to pinpoint where in the room the spoken word originated from and shoot a piece of popcorn at it. The Popinator shoots up to 15 feet and is for inside use only. Pretty amazing huh? Scan the QR Code to watch the amazing Popinator in action: http://youtu.be/b1cz8IasV4w

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JORNO A folding Bluetooth keyboard that fits in your pocket and allows you to type with ease anytime, anywhere. PHOTO: KICKSTARTER, SCOTT STARRETT

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FACTS OF LIFE MASTER OF SOUP PROMOTION SETS WITH SOUP

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MUST-GO EVENTS IN OCTOBER UBIN FIRST STOP RESTAURANT DINING PROMOTION SHANGHAI’S BEST KEPT SECRETS

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It takes your brain approximately

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Your monthly collection of bite-sized facts and interesting trivia. Useful as ice-breakers or for spicing up your daily conversations. SOURCE: UBERFACTS PHOTOS: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Men can get rid of an

erection by sitting down and flexing their thigh muscles repeatedly.

“Strengths� is longest word in the English language with only one vowel.

Elephants have been known to keep standing even after they die.

Crows

No matter how hard you pinch the extra skin on your elbow, you will not feel pain.

can recognize human faces and warn other crows about dangerous people.

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Mary Chia's 30th Anniversary 'iMspiration' Art Affair Oct 15, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012 / 10am - 9.30pm 23 Serangoon Central Nex S(556083) Tel: 6416 6366 Free admission Official website: www.imspiration-sg.com Celebrating the essence, beauty and spirit of women, the ‘iMspiration’ Art Affair features artworks by artists from Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA) and Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore. The Great TGIW: Trick or Treat? Oct 31, 2012 Zouk Complex 17 Jiak Kim Street S(169420) Ladies: Free admission Men: $25 (includes 2 drinks) The Book Sale Oct 25, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012 / 10am - 9pm Hall 5B, Singapore Expo 1 Expo Drive S(486150) Free admission Get the best discounts on books, stationeries and more at The Book Sale organized by Times Bookstore.

It’s All Hallows’ Eve and what better way to celebrate than with everyone’s favourite mid-week party, TGIW! Prepare to have your ears and eyes treated to a bag-full of trick-filled friendly Big Room House, Hip Hop, Electro & Mash- Up throughout the entire Zouk complex by our Resident (Evil) DJs. Calling all dolls and demons, goblins and ghouls, elves and nymphs to come decked out in full costume and be “treated” like the dance floor royalty you are! Singapore Alternative Art and Book Fair (SGAAB) Oct 28, 2012 / 12 noon - 9pm The Substation Gallery 45 Armenian Street S(179936) Free admission Official website: www.substation.org A platform for handicraftsmen, artists, bookshops and publishers to display and sell their handicrafts, artworks and books. Participants will be able to share their passions for their craft through talks and discussions during the course of the SGAAB.

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SHANGHAI’S BEST KEPT SECRETS TEXT & PHOTOS: DES

Like many hipsters out there, we wholeheartedly enjoy the serendipitous discoveries of hidden finds, the feeling of belonging to an underground community and knowing that the ignorant mainstream will never corrupt the spirit of our quiet and pure secret society. Even this magazine is pretty non-mainstream as of now. So dear readers, we are entrusting you with our deepest and darkest favourites. Go forth and enjoy, my friends. Just don’t tell anyone.

Secret #1

Feiyue 585 We’ve gotten ourselves at least 10 pairs of sneakers here, where each pair cost as low as S$7 all the way to S$20 (still pretty affordable). The shoes are of pretty good quality too, considering their 90 years of shoemaking craft and experience. This small little shop has been around for ages and is reported to be the only existing Feiyue shoes store that has a direct root with its original factory. The saleswoman (the lady in the picture), a native Shanghainese, was extremely friendly and helpful. Try to get there from 12pm to 6pm. Address: No.585 Zunyi Road, Changning District, Shanghai Secretive Level:

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Life Cafe Don’t let the exterior of its building fool you. Many passerbys would have happily strolled past without knowing that there’s a lovely gem hiding inside the 2 storey mansion which is Life Cafe. Run by a former marketeer Summer, this little cafe is good for travel buffs who want to swap stories or make new friends. The cafe is so warm and cosy it feels like you’ve been invited to a friend’s home!

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Don’t forget to play with 3 of the cats who also co-own this cafe, which opens from 1pm to midnight. Address: 427-1 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu, Shanghai Secretive Level:

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The Greatest We’re not exaggerating when we say that the sushi in this sushi bar sends you straight to heaven, despite its cheesy cafe name in English. In fact, the affordable pricing of the sushi here makes it even harder to believe that our splendid sushi dinner here wasn’t a dream. The owner of the sushi bar, who is also the chef, makes every single dish with extreme focus and attention to detail. One reminder: you absolutely cannot not try his Foie Gras Fukubukuro-style Inari sushi. It was so good we hated ourselves. But before that, good luck trying to find this place. It was very well hidden. Address: No. 26 (back door), 1025, Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing’an Villa, Shanghai Secretive Level:

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Rising Star: Elson Soh TEXT AND PHOTO: ROYAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Elson Soh has come a long way from teenage pop idol to rising adult contemporary pop artist. Voted as Clinique Most Kissable Guy by Channel U sponsored TV programme in 2009, and with his steadily rising popularity since his teenage years, Elson has been courted by various companies to play the role of brand ambassador. During his concert in 2011, Elson performed his debut Malay Singles "Cinta Padamu" with Loverhunters Moliano.

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Being the first Singapore Chinese Artiste to record a Malay song, Elson say that he is very honour to be produced by Loverhunters Moliano. In 2012, to special thank his Malay supporters; Elson recorded his second Malay Singles produced by Loverhunters Moliano, titled: "Cinta Tak Kesampaian". This song is a continuous story from "Cinta Padamu" and to make it more interesting; Royal International Group produced the two songs’ music video with the support from Team Eva-Luna, based on a true story from the team.

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Jokes These classic jokes never seem to get old. A man and a duck walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Where'd you get the pig." The man says, "That's not a pig, that's a duck." He says, "I was talking to the duck."

A hamburger and a french fry walk into a bar. The bartender says, "I'm sorry we don't serve food here

A cowboy walked into a bar and ordered a whiskey. When the bartender delivered the drink, the cowboy asked, "Where is everybody?" The bartender replied, "They've gone to the hanging." "Hanging? Who are they hanging?" "Brown Paper Pete," the bartender replied. "What kind of a name is that?" the cowboy asked. "Well," said the bartender, "he wears a brown paper hat, brown paper shirt, brown paper trousers and brown paper shoes." "Weird guy," said the cowboy. "What are they hanging him for?" "Rustling," said the bartender.

In a bar in a remote Alaskan town, a newcomer hears people yell out numbers (#23!, #56, etc.) and then everyone laughs. He asks the guy next to him what's going on, and he says the jokes have been told so many times, people just yell out their numbers instead of retelling them. So he yells out #27! but nobody laughs. The guy next to him says, "Some people can tell a joke, and some people can't."

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A guy walks into a bar and sits down. He orders a beer, and another, and another, etc., until finally the bartender asked him to leave. He walks out the side door, and a few seconds later, he walks in the front door, sits down, orders a drink, and the bartender asks him to leave. He gets up, walks out the side door, and comes back in the front door and is asked to leave. This happens about eight more times, and on the ninth, the man exclaims, "How many bars do you work in, man?!?!?!?!�


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Lukewarm water is good for removing sebum, so wash your face with it!

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Folding t-shirts the Japanese way easily, in less than 5 seconds

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Always in a hurry? Find folding t-shirts a boring and time-consuming chore? Cut your time spent by more than 50% by learning how to fold your clothes in one of the most efficient way, as taught by the Japanese. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / mushk45

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Best Way to Separate Egg Yolk and Egg White (with Bottle) Ever find separating egg yolks from egg whites a bit messy and difficult? If you think so, perhaps you should watch this video. With a little practice, even a ten years old kid can do the trick easily. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / Rami Mor

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Cool down your car in less than 1 minute This scientifically proven method expels hot air from your car quickly with a simple Japanese door trick, which can help the interior of your car drop up to 9 degree celsius. VIDEO: YOUTUBE /ckorogui

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The Joy of Scarcity TEXT: LEO BABAUTA PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Often we think of having very little as a hardship. It’s bad to be poor, right? It’s not easy struggling with low wages, with debt, with scarcity. And while all that is true, it’s also not true. There can be joy in getting rid of things, in living with less, in freeing yourself of debt and possessions. It’s all in your mindset. I grew up poor, and it wasn’t long ago that I was struggling with an income that was too low to meet my mounting bills and debt payments. One of the worst times of my life, actually. But as I worked to eliminate my debt, I learned to live with less. And I learned that it can be a wonderful thing. Struggle is hard, no matter how you paint it. But living in scarcity doesn’t have to be struggle. That’s completely up to you. Reducing Debt When my wife and kids and I began reducing our debt, more than five years ago, it was a scary time. We were overloaded with bills, over our heads in debt, and it was one of the most stressful things we’d ever faced. So we cut back on spending, which meant learning a whole new way of living. Zap … we got

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was just as wondrous. Reducing Clutter Facing the piles of clutter in your home can be overwhelming. In truth, clutter is a mountain of procrastination … putting off decisions and fears and emotional issues and shopping addictions and more. When you deal with these fears and emotions, even a little at a time, it is freeing. You feel clean and spare, not just because you’re burdened with fewer possessions, but because you’re burdened with less emotional baggage that you’re hiding in the back of your mind. Reducing our clutter meant tough choices, it meant a lot of discussion about what we wanted and why we really need things, it meant learning a whole host of new habits. But it also meant getting rid of things that were weighing us down, that we didn’t need but that were still costing us time and energy and mental cycles. We learned to love a spare-looking room, and the amazing feeling of sitting or lying around in a room that was clean and uncluttered. Living with fewer possessions can be a pure joy that is unmatched by anything you can buy.


sauces on things, you learn their real beauty. When you stop killing animals and learn to appreciate the natural taste of plants, you feel incredible and alive. I like a little scarcity in my life. I eat what I want, but I find that I enjoy the simple foods more than ever now. Fewer Choices We think we want a lot of choices, but really we want freedom. There’s a difference, and the overwhelming number of choices in our lives these days leads to confusion, paralysis, and unhappiness. Scarcity choices can be seen as a bad thing, but I see it as liberating. I’m not saying we should have no choices, but fewer is better. Try narrowing down your choices, in as many ways as you dare. Watch fewer TV shows by picking just three you

watch every week. Pick just one book and read that until you’re done. Have a to-do list that’s only three items long each day. Make a weekly menu that only has two or three meals you cook in big batches, and eat those all week. You might worry that you’re making the wrong choices — you’re not. There are no wrong choices, there’s only the fear of making the wrong choices. I find limiting my choices to be an opportunity to let go of the worries about making the wrong choices, and to focus on enjoying the choices I do make. As I’ve explored scarcity, I’ve been left with this one truth: every path I take is perfect.

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