Vol.30 Issue 2 You’ve graduated. What’s next?
Your essential guide to navigating adulthood
Real-life #GirlBosses share their success stories Celebs who run their own business empires Unconventional careers for millennials
HOT LIST RED VELVET, TWICE, MXM, BRUNO MARS, KATY PERRY, 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, NIALL HORAN, DUA LIPA AND MORE!
Boy Band Wonder To Solo Star
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Lifestyle 5 What’s Trending? 8 Hot Picks 10 Wireless Revolution Ditch the cords and go hands-free with these wireless gadgets 12 Taste The World Who says you need to jet set around the world to sample different cuisines? 16 Mother Like No Other A roundup of stylish gift ideas to celebrate that special woman in your life – no matter your budget!
Beauty 20 Beauty Hot Picks 24 Beauty & The Biz These real-life millennial #GirlBosses are shaking up the beauty industry 28 Bounce To You Getting that coveted K-glow is just a puff away with these cushion compacts
Fashion 30 Springing Into Summer From drool-worthy pastel shades to supercharged brights, these are the key trends of the season 34 Life Of The Party Turn heads at your grad party with these celeb-inspired styles 36 ’80s Comeback The super nostalgic fanny pack is back in trend! 38 Baby It’s Hot Outside Hit the beach for some fun in the sun with these summer must-haves
Cover Celebs 39 At A Glance We recap Harry Styles’ journey from boy band wonder to solo breakout star in numbers 40 Harry, Harry, Quite Contrary After putting up an impressive show in Singapore, can you blame us for getting even more obsessed with Harry Styles’ atypical artisty? 44 The Magical Mars We take a journey to Mars to recount Bruno Mars’ road to stardom 46 It’s Getting Hot In Here 5 Seconds of Summer is back to heat things up with a brand new record on the horizon! 48 Thriving Solo He’s a bonafide musician, rising model and boss of a golf team – what else can Niall Horan not do? 50 Supreme Ruler Leave it to pop diva Dua Lipa to make her own rules in music 52 Out Of This World Katy Perry’s Witness Tour was the glitziest concert we’ve ever witnessed 54 Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This We spent a weekend in Seoul with Red Velvet, Zico, Eddy Kim etc. 56 TWICE Domination We look back at TWICE’s eras through the years 58 Brand New Boys There’s a new power duo in town – meet MXM 60 Celebrities In Charge These stars are also self-made entrepreneurs! 62 Movie Madness Superhero showdowns, musical mayhem and Asian takeovers!
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66 From The Class Of 2018… Soon-to-be graduates reflect on their polytechnic journey thus far 67 Quiz: The Big Decision Have you figured out your post-tertiary options yet? 68 Adventures With A Purpose Here’s how you can make your grad trip a more meaningful one 70 Never Say Die These entrepreneurs in-the-making have a tenacious hunger for success indeed! 72 Ahead Of The Pack Two Singapore Polytechnic alumni are leading the next wave of enterprising trailblazers, one idea at a time 74 Side Hustlin’ Don’t say bojio – here are some millennial-approved gigs to help you make quick bucks! 76 Breaking Bad Habits Follow these easy tips to break free of your vices once and for all 78 Quiz: How Productive Are You? Are you a magnet for disruption or a master of deadlines? 79 Work Like A Boss Gear yourself up for a kickass career ahead with these empowering words 80 Snaps
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Ed's Note Hey guys, It’s been awhile since we last saw each other
Loving this month: I'm having a huge moment with the ETUDE HOUSE x Red Velvet Matte Chic Lip Lacquer. Totally obsessed
in the previous issue, how’s everybody? In the blink of an eye, we’re almost done with the first half
of 2018. For most of you, it
might just be a regular day at school or work as you’re reading this – but for some, you’ll be throwing your mortarboard in the air and getting ready to celebrate With graduation
with the WENDY Brown shade, which works great as a MLBB colour. Can't wait for it to officially drop in Singapore!
season right around
the corner, don’t forget to pick up a copy of
Teenage! From meaningful ways to make the most of your grad trip (p. 68) to unconventional careers for the millennial gen (p. 74), to celebrity bosses who run the world (p. 60), we hope
Last but not least, we’ve also packed in not just
that these articles will inspire you to become
thus far. Enjoy!
one, but four (!!!)
posters of your favourite
celebrities to thank you for all the support
the best versions of yourself just as much as they inspired me. We also spoke to the
beauty heroines behind homegrown brands INGA by 27A, Katfood, Zahara and Restoration Essence (p. 24) to find out more about their success
Plenty has happened over the last few months and we’ve got loads to update you about. Thus, we’re here to get you all caught up on the latest happenings, such as the hottest
wireless gear (p. 10), the fanny pack comeback (p. 36) and the cushion craze that’s still going strong (p. 28).
What’s Trending? Time flies when you’re having fun and this year isn’t any exception. Don’t fret – we’re here to prevent your #FOMO by feeding you the latest tidbits of 2018! BY NICOLE CHAN
HALL OF FAME We’re only halfway through the year, but 2018 has already saw a slew of commendable blockbusters – with a few taking the cake at the 90th Academy Awards. The Shape of Water was arguably the biggest winner of the night, bagging not one but four major awards: Best Picture, Directing, Music (Original Score) and Production Design. Other cult favourites include Dunkirk, Coco and Call Me By Your Name. If you haven’t caught any of the films mentioned, here’s a spoiler: it’s high time you should!
FESTIVAL READY With all the new product launches that the makeup industry keeps feeding us with, it’s no wonder our wallets are always feeling empty. Two collections that caught our eye this year are MAC’s Lunar New Year Collection, a new line of lipsticks that arrived just in time for CNY and Valentine’s Day; and Too Faced’s Life’s a Festival Collection, which gave us major Coachella vibes thanks to their unicorninspired palettes. Just take our money already!
B FOR BEYONCÉ Of course, how could we ever forget about the legendary Beychella performance at the recent Coachella that broke the Internet? Not only did the pop superstar become the first black woman to headline the music festival, her show-stopping set also broke the record for garnering the most amount of live views – a whopping 41 million views – in Coachella history. As if we don’t have enough reasons to love the Queen B!
Wireless Revolution These days, it’s all about going wireless. Ditch the cords and go hands-free with these new wireless gadgets in the market. BY CHEW HUI LING
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 bassheavy sound. Complete with multi-colour line lights and flashing strobe lights, it’s as if stepping into an EDM rave!
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 sweatresistant so you don’t have to worry about them slipping off mid-sprint.
Sneaker or speaker? How about both? Taking wearable tech to the next level is the Jabra Speaker Sneaker ($295), which makes it literally possible to enjoy tunes on the move. Designed to go anywhere your feet takes you, this footwear-cum-jukebox wonder delivers up to 15 hours of non-stop stereo power. Plus, you can even personalise it with the dance assist feature via the Jabra app, which blasts tiny vibrations to the beat of the track. Talk about an amplified music experience!
Taste The World
Who says you need to travel the world to sample different cuisines? You can do it right here in Singapore! This June holidays, join us on a gastronomic journey around the island. BY SEAH QIN WEI
ALATI 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
Dreaming of visiting the mesmerising land of Greece, but end up with hopes dashed when you think about the hefty travel costs? Well, this Greek restaurant is your next best solution. Situated at the cultural paradise of Amoy Street, a step inside Alati might just have you rubbing your eyes for reassurance that you didn’t just teleport to the islands of Santorini. Furnished with the country’s signature blue and white aesthetics, Alati is a paradisiacal escape with authentic Greek cuisine to boot. True to the Greeks’ penchant for sharing plates, opt for the Greek Octopus ($39) to indulge with your companions. Finish off your feast with a round of the Greek Fried Donuts ($20) – fluffy dough balls drizzled in honey and dark chocolate sauce that will cap off your experience on a sweet note.
PIEDRA NEGRA ORIGIN:
241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Just at the corner of Bali Line and along Beach Road lies Piedra Negra, a hard-to-spot Mexican restaurant thanks to a never-ending crowd. First glimpse of the place looks just like a party where everyone’s invited – eye-catching murals on the alleyway walls outside, Latin music playing from the speakers, and a gorgeous mosaictiled interior that will make you forget you’re even in Singapore. Once you’re settled in, order the Guacamole ($10.90) to start and relish the sight of it freshly made in front of you via an old school mortar and pestle. You can’t go wrong with Mexican delights like the Mango Madness Ceviche ($12.90) or the all-time favourite Quesadilla Chicken ($11.90) either. And with additional levels that you can book for events, dinner gatherings and birthday parties, consider your next Mexican-themed night sorted!
Beauty & The Biz Strong, sassy and fearless, these real-life millennial #GirlBosses are shaking up the beauty industry with their successful homegrown brands. BY GRACE CHEN
tones who are really beautiful as well. Although there’s much more to be done, I think we’re off to a great start and we’re definitely moving in the right direction. What’s one product you would personally recommend for first-time buyers? A safer colour to start with would probably be Elvira. It’s a neutral pink hue that flatters most skin tones and a lot of brides love it. What inspired you to start INGA by 27A? As a professional makeup artist, I’ve always wanted to have something to my name while doing makeup at the same time. I wanted to explore having my own line and be able to look back and
The pre-care of lips, like exfoliating, is really important. Once you get that down, the smooth texture will make it look way better even if you don’t apply the lipstick evenly.
say “I did that!” and not regret not doing it.
INGA BY 27A INGA by 27A produces a brilliant range of lip products that are exceptionally elegant and sleek, much like its founder Marie Soh. Launched in 2016, the inclusive lipstick brand aims to empower every woman to feel beautiful in her own skin – and it’s safe to say they’ve achieved just that.
What makes INGA by 27A stand out from other beauty brands? I decided that INGA should suit Asian skin tones. There is no single skin colour in Singapore so we really have to be inclusive and cater to everyone in such a diversified country. There are so many people with darker skin
What’s something you think the local beauty industry can work on to empower young Singaporeans? I think it would be great if we could establish a common ground where everyone could come together and support each other.
Any advice for aspiring #GirlBosses who want to make it in the beauty industry? Don’t give up! Also, try to have your own signature style that sets you apart from others so that it gives your audience a reason to continue supporting you. Lastly, what does beauty mean to you? Beauty is very individualised. I think it’s an expression of self.
RESTORATION ESSENCE Growing up, Sara Davina Soong has always believed in natural remedies. Now, she shares her passion for organic beauty by handcrafting wholesome products. Ahead, the founder of Restoration Essence shares more about her skincare venture.
naturally lighten pigmentation and minimise pores. We realised that a lot of women tend to neglect the importance of exfoliation, but it’s essential to our skincare routine as it helps to slog off the old skin cells as we age. What’s something you think the local beauty industry can work on to empower young Singaporeans? More mentoring to build their confidence, and greater exposure and opportunities to showcase their potential.
What inspired you to start Restoration Essence? My family has been my beauty inspiration ever since I was young, but more so now that I can look back
What makes Restoration Essence stand out from other beauty brands? Being a Singapore brand, our niche comes from
What are some factors you considered to tailor your products to your audience? Our local weather and culture are two major factors that I took in consideration when producing my products.
Whenever I have a nasty zit and there’s an event the next day, I’ll apply lemon juice and tea leaves, followed by aloe vera gel to calm it down.
at what I’ve learnt from them over the years. My mum and grandma have always been applying food or herb-based masks on their faces and bodies, and using traditional recipes to heal themselves from ailments.
What’s one product you would personally recommend for first-time buyers? It would definitely be our signature Pandan Leaves Scrub / Mask. It’s a simple yet effective product with facial grade essential oils that
incorporating seemingly underrated yet common local plants and herbs such as pandan into our products by harnessing their detox properties.
Any advice for aspiring #GirlBosses who want to make it in the beauty industry? Have faith! Don’t be afraid of competition and the opinions of others. In fact, competition sharpens your skills and outlook. Everyone has their opinions due to different experiences in life, but only you know your business best. Lastly, what does beauty mean to you? It’s about being comfortable in your own skin, knowing what works for you and be confident in it.
Springing Into Summer From drool-worthy pastel shades to supercharged brights, we picked out the key runway trends that you can easily work into your spring/summer wardrobe. BY CHEW HUI LING
STRIPED TOP WITH STRAPS, $19.90, BERSHKA
FANCY A SCOOP OF STRAWBERRY PINKS, FRESH PEACHES AND PISTACHIO GREENS? WEâ€™RE SCREAMING FOR ICE CREAM SHADES THIS SEASON!
SWEATSHIRT SHORTS, $19.95, H&M
FRILLED BLOUSE, $34.95, H&M
BUBBLEGUM PINK BOXY DENIM JACKET, $106, TOPSHOP PLEATED SKIRT, $94.95, H&M
V-NECK DRESS, $34.95, H&M
BY TOM FORD
LACE-UP SNEAKER WEDGES, $89.90, BERSHKA
BUCKLED SLIDE SANDALS, $55.90, BERSHKA
BASIC BERET, $19.90, PULL & BEAR
COLOUR YOUR WARDROBE WITH A HIGH-OCTANE PALETTE OF PRIMARY HUES AND NEON ACCENTS.
SWEATSHIRT DRESS WITH SIDE STRIPES, $35.90, BERSHKA
RAINBOW STATEMENT CAT EYE SUNGLASSES, $14, POMELO
PINK FRAYED EDGE DENIM SHORTS, $63.90, TOPSHOP
SLOGAN PURSE, $35.90, STRADIVARIUS
DOUBLE BREASTED CAPE BLAZER, $64, POMELO
BY CALVIN KLEIN
TRIANGLE ZIP SHOULDER BAG, $59.90, TOPSHOP
DENIM PINAFORE DRESS, $49.90, BERSHKA
HIGH HEEL SANDALS WITH METHACRYLATE HEELS, $55.90, BERSHKA
STRIPED CULOTTES, $29.90, PULL & BEAR
Baby Itâ€™s Hot Outside Hit the beach for some fun in the sun with these summer must-haves! BY CHEW HUI LING
LEAF-SHAPED EARRINGS, $14.95, H&M
SKINNYDIP OVER THE RAINBOW 12 INCH LAPTOP CASE, $56.90, TOPSHOP
METALLIC SUNGLASSES WITH COLOURED LENSES, $35.90, ZARA APRILSKIN MAGIC SNOW SUN CUSHION 2.0 SPF 50+ / PA+++, $33, GUARDIAN
PAUL & JOE IPHONE 7 SOFT CASE BLOSSOM, $59.90, MONOYONO
STRIPED SWIMSUIT, $79.90, MANGO
TOO FACED RAINBOW STROBE PRISMATIC HIGHLIGHTER (LIMITED EDITION), $45, SEPHORA
SUNNYLIFE TRANSPARENT LEMON BEACH CLUTCH, $19.80, SHOPBOP
SLIP-ON TRAINERS, $34.95, H&M
RAINBOW CLOUD POOL FLOAT INFLATABLE, $44.51, ASOS SUNNYLIFE LEMON TUMBLER, $19.80, SHOPBOP
At A Glance
From boy band wonder to solo breakout star, the former One Direction heartthrob has certainly made a name for himself.
HE HAS RELEASED
His debut single ‘Sign of the Times’ has amassed more than
streams on Spotify thus far!
His selftitled album topped the
ALBUM AND WRITTEN
charts and debuted at in several # countries, including the UK, US and Australia.
A TOTAL OF
Harry was only 16 years old when he auditioned for The X-Factor, ultimately
coming in 3rd as part of One Direction.
Solo-Harry has already bagged major awards, including Choice Male Artist and Choice Rock Artist at the Teen Choice Awards, as well as Best International Artist at the ARIA Music Awards.
*ALL FACTS ACCURATE AT TIME OF PRINT
The kind-hearted singer has helped to raise
£6000 for the Little Princess Trust by hosting an impromptu gig in London, the same charity he donated his luscious locks to!
He made his film debut as Alex in the British war movie Dunkirk, which was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards.
Hot In Here
AFTER A TWO-YEAR HIATUS, 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’S (5SOS) BACK TO HEAT THINGS UP WITH A BRAND NEW RECORD. WHAT HAVE THE AUSSIE BOYS BEEN UP TO SINCE SOUNDS GOOD FEELS GOOD? BY JULIA YEE
t seems like just yesterday that 5SOS burst into the pop-punk scene with the inescapable summer anthem ‘She Looks So Perfect’. After being discovered by former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, it wasn’t long before the four high school mates rose to international fame. Since then, 5SOS has come a long way – amassing their own dedicated fanbase, playing in sold-out arenas, and even rocking the stage at Madison Square Garden. But with such hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of what the band has been busy with. Here’s a quick recap:
2015 Everybody’s Got Their Demons
Shortly after dropping their sophomore album, 5SOS released the poignant music video for ‘Jet Black Heart’. The footage featured fans from around the world lip-syncing to the emotive track, making it all the more meaningful. ‘Jet Black Heart’ speaks to everyone who’s going
through a rough patch, assuring us that it’s okay not to feel good sometimes. Not surprisingly, the heart-tugging video was nominated for Favourite International Video at the Myx Music Awards.
2016 – 2017 Taking A Second To Breathe
After a jam-packed year of touring, it’s understandable that the lads needed some time off for their personal lives. Even so, it’s clear that their passion for music hasn’t changed one bit despite taking a break from band activities – they were spotted hanging out at an AC/DC concert and even started picking up other instruments. What has changed though, was their home. Along with their
2016 Sounds Live Feels Live
The band embarked on their second headlining concert tour Sounds Live Feels Live. However, they never seemed to stay in one place for long, whisking off to another show as soon as one was over – a bittersweet reminder that these talented rockstars have truly made it. Lead guitarist Michael couldn’t have said it better himself when he addressed the crowd in Moscow: “We are from Sydney, Australia. And I don’t know if you know, but it’s really, really, really far away. And the fact that we can take a flight twenty-six hours across the world, and come to Moscow Russia and play a show to this many of you, just blows my mind.”
distinctive Aussie drawls, the boys traded their apartments Down Under for American ones – all the better to work on their music. All in all, it’s good to hear that these guys had time to themselves; Calum and Luke got puppies, Michael got a girlfriend, and Ashton got... well, a haircut.
It’s no secret that 5SOS and ONE OK ROCK have a special relationship. In fact, the Japanese rock band was the opening act for 5SOS’ US tour in 2016. As if it couldn’t get any better, the boys joined forces with their fellow foursome band and bless us with ‘Take What You Want’ for ONE OK ROCK’s latest album Ambitions. More future collabs please!
Reminiscing The Feels In Sounds Good Feels Good
2018 We Want You Back
As part of their #5SOS3 tour, the quartet’s currently on the road to promote their new music – including a successful show in Singapore on 2 May. And with their upcoming album Youngblood set for release on 22 June, we can only expect greater things to come from these rockstars.
“WE ARE THE KINGS AND THE QUEENS OF THE NEW BROKEN SCENE” – ‘SHE’S KINDA HOT’ An anthem for the underdogs, this playful ditty features mischievous yet thoughtful lyrics that encourage everyone to embrace their differences.
“I GOT A LONG TERM PLAN WITH SHORT TERM FIXES AND A WASTED HEART THAT JUST ECLIPSES” – ‘STORY OF ANOTHER US’ This song is about struggling to salvage a dying relationship. After all, is any album really complete without a love song?
“YOU SAY THAT I’M TOO COMPLICATED, HUNG UP AND MISEDUCATED / I SAY NINE-TO-FIVE IS OVERRATED AND WE ALL FALL DOWN” – ‘PERMANENT VACATION’ The band sings about their desire to run away from the rat race, with borderline-satirical lyrics that nod towards punk-rock influences.
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER PERFORMS LIVE IN SINGAPORE ON 2 MAY 2018 AT CAPITOL THEATRE.
PHOTO: UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE
2017 5 Seconds of ONE OK ROCK
“NOTHING LIKE THE RAIN WHEN YOU’RE IN OUTER SPACE” – ‘OUTER SPACE / CARRY ON’ This poetic track definitely had some of the album’s best lyrical moments, and it happens to be one of our favourite tracks too!
Brand New Boys
THERE’S A NEW POWER DUO IN TOWN. MEET MXM OF PRODUCE 101 FAME, WHO WON OVER THE HEARTS OF MANY WITH THEIR CATCHY TUNES AND BOY-NEXT-DOOR CHARMS. BY CHEW HUI LING
Name: Lim Youngmin But you can call him: God Zero, Bbangmin, Alpaca He’s born on: 25 December 1995 Position: Rapper Trainee period: 1 year 2 months
Bet you didn’t know… It’s not a drill y’all: the 23-year-old revealed #1 that he actually lived in Singapore for five
years since he was born. He’s been expressing his desire of visiting ever since, and we couldn’t be happier that he popped by for their recent fanmeeting. Come back soon, Youngmin!
YOUNGMIN’S HOT LIST BLOCK B – “Not only is their music great, but all the members have distinct colours too.”
Find yourself a man who can do both – the charming lad can go from Bbangmin to God Zero in a split second. In non-fandom speak, Bbangmin is a nickname for his cute side while God Zero references the moment when he unleashes the inner beast in him (cue ‘Open Up’).
PENTAGON – “I hope to be close with Pentagon. I’m thankful to them for always giving us such a warm welcome.”
Ever wonder how our alpaca boy got his adorable nickname? It’s all thanks to Donghyun, who first coined it for Youngmin because of his uncanny resemblance to the fleecy creature. Similarity: 100%!
JAY PARK – “He’s been my role model since young. I think it’s cool that he can do everything from singing to dancing to producing, and he takes good care of the artistes in his company.”
MXM STARTER PACK • Prior to their debut, Youngmin and Donghyun participated in Mnet survival programme Produce 101 Season 2 – finishing at 15th and 28th place respectively.
• With their boyish good looks and fresh-faced appeal, it’s no surprise that the pair was chosen to be the newest models of popular K-beauty brand Tony Moly back in August.
• On 6 September 2017, the Brand New Music duo officially debuted as MXM (which stands for “Mix and Match” and “More x More”) with the release of their first EP Unmix.
Name: Kim Donghyun But you can call him: Buffalo, Dongdongie, Sunny Boy He’s born on: 17 September 1998 Position: Vocal Trainee period: 11 months
Bet you didn’t know… If you’ve ever bumped into two Donghyuns #1 walking down the street, you’re not seeing
double – Donghyun revealed that he has a fraternal twin brother named Taehyun. Good genes certainly run in the family!
Don’t be fooled by his soft image – Donghyun packs quite a punch, literally. Throwback to his Produce 101 days when he emerged second place in the punch king battle (NU’EST W’s Baekho was first).
Not only can he sing, dance and rap, the multi-talented chap possesses some solid composing chops too. His latest self-composed piece is a sweet ballad called ‘Naturally Curly’, inspired by the K-drama Cheese In The Trap. What else can Donghyun not do?
DONGHYUN’S HOT LIST GD&TOP – “I always watch GD&TOP’s performances. Although they are a far wall for me to reach, I respect the way they enjoy themselves on stage.” VIXX – “I like how their dance choreography, expressions and gazes become synchronised with their music. I wish to become a duo like them.”
PHOTO: WARNER MUSIC SINGAPORE
B.A.P – “Fans say that I look like B.A.P’s Daehyun sunbaenim!
• Just recently, MXM teamed up with fellow Produce 101 buddies Sewoon and Gwanghyun to form a four-man project group named YDPP. Check out their bubbly music video for ‘Love It Live It’ in collaboration with Pepsi!
MXM HOLDS THEIR FIRST EVER FANMEETING IN SINGAPORE AS PART OF THEIR MATCH UP TOUR ON 4 MAY 2018 AT ZEPP@BIG BOX.
Class Of 2018 With graduation season just around the corner, we asked these soon-to-be graduates of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to reflect on the past three years of their poly life. Kirstin Yip Su Jun Diploma in Creative Writing for TV & New Media “To me, SP represents a heart, a haven and a home. It gave me the heart to serve and to keep improving; it was a safe haven where I could try new things, fail, and still get up and try again; and I found a second home in the places I often studied at and the people I was always with.”
Tan Yu Yang Diploma in Accounting
Damien Wong Wai Loon
Muhammad Danial Mirza Bin Mohamad Tahir
Nurul Atiqah Binte Mustafa
Muhammad Nur Azhar Bin Abdul Wahid
Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology
Diploma in Creative Writing for TV & New Media
Diploma in Nautical Studies
Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management
“Throughout my three years in SP, I’ve learnt that hard work will pay off and the satisfaction you feel will be priceless! I’m thankful to all the Business School lecturers for making my polytechnic journey so eventful.”
“Looking back on the past three years, I’m thankful to have met lecturers who treat us like their own family. I’ll never forget all the love and life lessons I’ve received. A word for the freshies: always make the best out of your poly life and enjoy your time here to the maximum!”
“Choosing my course, Diploma in Nautical Studies, was a rollercoaster ride. Despite initial objections from my family, I decided to pursue my passion and never once regretted. I’m thankful for the friendships made and the fun-filled days. These memories will always be etched in my heart.”
“I think poly life can be summed up with ‘play hard, study harder”. I’d like to thank all my lecturers for their guidance throughout the past four years. Not forgetting my ACER mates who have made my SP journey so engaging and fun. With SP, it’s So Possible!”
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“Three years will pass by in a blink of an eye, so give your best in whatever you do and believe that you will reap what you sow. My appreciation goes to the lecturers who showed me what success is all about and motivated me to be like them.”
SO YOU’VE FINALLY THROWN YOUR MORTARBOARD IN THE AIR! WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? TAKE THIS QUIZ TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT YOUR DEGREE OPTIONS. BY BRYAN YEONG
5. In your group of friends, what would you most likely be doing? a. Planning and organising your next meetup
1. What was your favourite subject in school?
b. #Fitspo gurus
a. English b. Physical Education
d. Counting the bills after every meal
4. Which TV show character do you most identify with?
2. Your friends best describe you as: b. Sporty c. Caring
3. What type of accounts do you usually follow on Instagram? a. Social media influencers
You aspire to be the next media maven. With your socialiblity and people skills, you’ll have no problems climbing your way up both the social and corporate ladder – one contact at a time. Be prepared to attend lots of events and socialise aplenty! Having a strong, well-rounded network will definitely help you to excel in the industry.
a. Their hobbies and interestes
b. Archie Andrews (Riverdale)
6. You’ve just made a new friend! What’s the most important thing you’ll enquire about them?
a. Carrie Bradshaw (The Carrie Diaries, Sex and the City)
Communications and Media Studies
c. Encouraging them to save the environment
d. Meme accounts
b. Sharing workout tips with your friends
c. Environmentalists, wildlife photographers
Be sure to read through the Portfolio supplement for more tips to help you prep for your postgraduation life!
b. Their fitness habits
c. Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
c. Their philanthrophic beliefs
d. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
d. Their money management skills
Health and Sports Sciences
You’re always up for working a sweat and have an avid interest in health and wellness, so perhaps it’s time to consider studying all about it. Flex your brain muscles to understand the science behind our bodies and how to maintain its fitness. You’ll also learn what it takes to possibly become an instructor, a coach or a trainer – perfect for a health nut like you!
Discovering how our great big planet works is something you identify with, and you’ve made it your personal ambition to find ways to conserve the environment and contribute back to it. Following this route will further develop your passion for nature, and assist you on your path towards saving the world!
Accounting and Finance
Whether it’s finding your corporate home in an international bank or accounting for a small firm, numbers are your thing! No permutation can slide by your sharp observations and you’re sure to get every profit and loss statements balanced. It’s not a common proficiency to possess, so why not hone it further by venturing into the field of Accounting and Finance?
Hustlin’ Looking to earn some extra pocket money? Here are some unconventional paying gigs to help you make quick bucks in your spare time. BY GRACE CHEN
SHOP ABROAD Travelling abroad for the holidays and have extra luggage space to spare? Be a personal shopper for strangers through platforms such as Airfrov and Tompang. Based on your travel location, you’ll be paired up with a shopper who wishes to purchase a particular brand or item that is typically not available in Singapore, such as local snacks, beauty products or newlylaunched gadgets. In return, you get to make a decent service fee in exchange for flying back the goods. Earning extra cash while satisfying your wanderlust? Sign us up please!
RUN ERRANDS If you don’t mind running around for errands and patiently braving long queues for that extra buck, sign up for apps like The Butler or LaborMe. Simply complete tasks such as buying coffee, delivering lunch and picking up drycleaning, and get paid after finishing it. Most of these apps operate on a bidding system whereby you have the freedom of bidding for the type of jobs you want. What’s more, this ad-hoc job lets you state your own rates and work on flexible hours so you can work whenever you want to!
While some of you may be hesistant in including part-time jobs in your resume, having a stable work history proves that you have relevant experience and might even turn out to be a potential career launch pad. We all have to start somewhere, don’t we?
GET PAID TO SHOP Sounds like a dream? Well, it sort of is; except you’ll be shopping for someone else. But if you’re looking to indulge in retail therapy, this is definitely the job for you as there are apps like HonestBee that actually pay you to load up your shopping cart. You’ll not only be able to work on a flexible schedule – which means you can choose to shop for your customers after school, over the weekends or during the school holidays – you can even opt to work close to home for convenience. Some apps pay by hourly rates while others pay by the number of items, so do compare the different options available before settling on one.
JOIN A FOCUS GROUP If you’re outspoken and have a few hours to kill, why not participate in a focus group? Essentially, you’re getting paid for your focused feedback on consumer products that often require some tweaking before being released into the market. On top of that, you’ll get to make new friends with whom you share a common interest while expanding your social network. Similar to surveys, some companies may choose to give out cash vouchers instead of dollar bills so be sure to check with your point of contact before applying if you’re particular about that.
COMPLETE SURVEYS If you want something that lets you work in your pyjamas all day, this would be a great option for you. All you have to do is give your opinion on certain brands or products via short surveys, and your job is done. However, do keep in mind that most of these companies prefer to pay in terms of shopping vouchers or free samples rather than cash, so you won’t exactly be raking in the ka-ching. It’s also important that you do your research on the company issuing these surveys beforehand to make sure they are credible, before giving out your address, bank account details or other confidential information.
BE A PET-SITTER Attention all animal lovers – pet-sitting is actually a job! With apps such as Pawshake and PetBacker, you get paid to be a companion for your new furry friends while their owners are busy or overseas. Duties usually include feeding, cleaning and walking them. Start off by taking on the more short-term jobs that will only last a few hours at most. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can then choose to house-sit over the school holidays if time permits. The best part? You don’t even have to be a pet owner to register as a pet-sitter!
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