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12 What’s Trending In 2017? Introducing upcoming food fads in the new year! 14 Good Feasts, Good Deeds These public-spirited food joints will leave you with a satisfied tummy and a full heart 18 Hot Picks 20 Best Of Tech 2016 Do your favourite gadgets feature on the list? 24 2016’s App-solute Best Check out the breakthrough apps that made 2016 a revolutionary year 26 All I Want For Christmas Is… The ultimate holiday gift guide for every budget!
Beauty 30 Beauty Hot Picks 32 Pretty Hair, Don’t Care Get tangled in these 2016 #HairGoals 34 All That Glitters Shimmer in the New Year with these hot beauty looks
Fashion 40 Summer Winterland Layer on these threads without breaking a sweat! 46 Disco Daze Turn heads with these sparkly baubles 48 What’s In Santa’s Bag? Naughty or nice, Santa’s got something for everyone!
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Textbook 68 What’s Your Story? 12 inspiring individuals share their stories 76 Fancy-Schmancy Party Treats Whip up these delightful bites in half the time but twice the yum 78 Working Vacation How to end the year on a productive note and warm up for another year of hustlin’ 80 Poly Open House 2017 Check out what’s going down at the Poly Open Houses! 82 Quiz: All You Want For Christmas Fulfilling your loved one’s wish list has never been so easy 83 From NYP To MIT A regular boy with a passion for IT sees himself in one of the top universities globally
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84 Pursuit Of Passion Pays Off Formerly a NYP business student, Rachel Chua finds her haven in nursing 85 From Leisure Activity To Champion Sport NYP Ultimate proves that hard work and determination will be rewarded! 86 Tis’ The Season Of Giving Three of SP’s very own alumni have got just the right gift options for you 89 What’s The Biggest Lesson You Learned In 2016? Students from SP get upclose and personal with some #Realtalk 90 Quiz: Are You A Grinch? Are you secretly a greasy recluse whose ears bleed from the sound of Christmas carols? 94 Instagram Rewind The Teenage team picks out our favourite #TeenageMagazine tags on Instagram 95 Teenage Giveaway Galore Over $17,000 worth of goodies to be won! 104 Teenage Replay From Teenage Campus Run to Teenage Dance Challenge, 2016 has been a memorable one indeed!
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Ed's Note Dear everyone, has been a tumultuous year to say the least. Despite its ups and downs, we are thankful for this truly enlightening year. As 2017 approaches, we arm ourselves with the lessons and reminders brought by the past year. Moving forward, we hope that you will join us as we embark on a new chapter. One where we dig deep into youth issues – life is more than exams. One where we foster a safe and healthy environment for teenagers, an open platform where diversity in opinions and issues are welcomed and discussed. As individuals, we come from different backgrounds and cultures, carrying a wealth of experiences that shape us; how we perceive, rationalise and react. As individuals, we are undoubtably different. But as a society, even one as diverse as our own, we are similar. We struggle, we fear, we feel. Even as adults, we are uncertain, we are vulnerable, we make mistakes, we learn. All of us do. You are not alone. Growing up, I was not a poster child for obedience. People have dismissed my experiences as being “a phase” or “teenage angst”, but I had deep-rooted insecurities and issues that took hold of a large portion of my formative years. In retrospect, I was lucky because none of the resulting impulses and decisions led to harsh lifechanging consequences. I did not have to learn lessons the hard way like others in similar situations might have had to. I may not have had the most conventional of teenaged years, but I am not ashamed. Why am I sharing this? In our society, many feel that there is no room to make mistakes, no room for failure. It can only be imagined the amount of stress this adds to today’s youths. But while there are no do-overs in life, we can only reflect, learn and keep moving forward. We all have a choice. Ours is to improve and put our lessons to action, to use our voice to make a positive difference. What do you choose? For a start, we asked 12 individuals to share their stories (p. 68). We hope for it to be food for thought, and to show that there are people who are also facing their own doubts and fears, who see concerns they would like to address, amongst other things. It is also an invitation for you to share your own thoughts and ideas. We are listening. We would like to thank our readers and friends who have stood by us and offered kind words. Your kindness will not be forgotten. We are still Teenage magazine. But from this point forward, we are so much more. Love,
What's Trending In 2017?
From matcha mania to gelato galore, these are the hottest flavours that will be on the tip of every foodie’s tongue this coming year. By chew hui ling
Frozen Coconut (from $3.80), Husk Froyo’s out, froco’s in! Short for “frozen coconut”, this new kid in town serves up icy swirls of fresh coconuts made from all-natural ingredients, which means you can truly indulge without feeling the guilt.
Tutu Kueh ($8.90), Non Entrée Desserts Don’t be fooled: this childhood snack lookalike is actually a concoction of coconut almond sponge cake, gula melaka cream and coconut vanilla mousse in disguise. As expected from the creators of the famous avalanche series!
Opera Matcha ($9.65), Antoinette Tickle your French fancy with Antoinette’s ever-so-popular mousse cake. Made of green tea mascarpone mousse, chestnut cream and almond crumble, who can resist the fluffy allure of this todrool-for pastry?
Matcha Black Sesame Freak Cake ($14.80), Montana Remember those crazy freakshakes everyone was obsessing over? Montana’s latest over the top darling brings all the boys (and girls) to the yard, featuring a rich tea-infused sponge cake decadently stacked with matcha buttercream, black sesame frosting and chocolate ganache.
Eyescream Complete Pack (from $6.90), Eyescream & Friends Opening their first outlet at Compass One, the Barcelona-based brand whips up googly-eyed shaved gelato from its trademark monster machines. Each flavour comes with its own identity, such as Sad Tom (yoghurt), General Mimi (cheesecake) and Inspector Berry (strawberry). Too adorable!
PopGelato (from $5.40), Popbar Popular NYC chain Popbar prides itself on the concept of handcrafted gelato on a stick, where you can customise your pops with the array of dippings and toppings available. Our go-to pick: pistachio popgelato sprinkled with chopped pistachios and dipped in dark chocolate sauce.
BopGelato (from $4.70), Birds of Paradise Not your average ice cream shop, this newlyopened boutique serves up a botany twist on traditional gelato – think lemongrass ginger, spiced pear and white chrysanthemum amongst the popular flavours. Not just that, their cones are infused with herbs as well. Talk about upping the gelato game!
Taro Waffles ($12.90), Froth Fluffy waffles drizzled with violet yam sauce, topped with a scoop of ice cream and served on a wooden platter – just imagine the amount of likes this baby would chalk up!
Taro Thunderstorm ($8.90), WOOW When YouTuber JianHao Tan is not busy churning out videos, the savvy entrepreneur can be found dreaming up rainbow snow flavours at his new dessert store WOOW. A must-try is their best-selling Taro Thunderstorm, a towering serving of shaved ice that’s sweet, airy and creamy all at once. Seconds, anyone?
While we gotta admit that gifting store-bought presents are more convenient, personalised gifts would make anyone on your nice list feel extra special. Add a personal touch to your gifts with lifestyle brand Luxemono’s Mock Croc Collection – this limited edition range consists of leather accessories constructed in 100 per cent saffiano leather, and you can customise it with the initials of your recipient in gold monogram. You can’t go wrong with that! Available online at www.luxemono.com
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Throwing a soiree for the festive season? Stock up on all your party essentials with kikki.K’s Christmas Collection! From adorable greeting cards to decorative ornaments to fancy wrapping paper, there’s plenty of stylish party-themed wares to make this year’s Christmas a uniquely curated one. For those who prefer getting crafty, you can also find traditional DIY goodies to create your own handmade gifts for your loved ones.
Have yourself a very sweet Christmas with the Limited Edition Ricola Festive Collectible Tins ($14.50). Available in four 3D-embossed designs, each tin contains all your favourite herb drop flavours such as Alpine Fresh, Lemon Mint and Original Swiss Herb. To sweeten the deal, you can even stand a chance to win $100 cash in a weekly instant draw and a 5D4N ski vacation in Switzerland upon purchase of any Ricola products. Talk about a white Christmas come true! 18
Remember when we used to rush home after school or camp out at the computer lab just to get on MapleStory? After almost a decade, the popular MMORPG game is still going strong and it has since roll out the long-awaited 5th Job Advancement patch that’s set to bring on a MapleStory revival. Players will be greeted with a new boss, a new continent, a new equipment set and a new skill system, along with greater content rewards and various revamps that will offer a unique gameplay experience unlike any other. Worth the wait? Definitely.
From plushies to makeup products and even kitchen sponges, Sanrio’s lazy egg has pretty much invaded the world. Singapore is no exception as the yellow fella found its new nest at Suntec City. Head down to the first ever Gudetama-themed cafe where an innovative array of comfort food amidst animated walls, egg-shaped booths and photoready figurines will be served. Popular bento artist Little Miss Bento has also worked her kawaii magic into the dishes so get those snap-happy fingers ready – think a scoop of mash potato chilling on a piece of steak, a pair of poached eggs snuggling under a blanket of smoked salmon, etc. Gudetama Café Singapore is located at Suntec City Mall, #01-361.
Add a contemporary edge to any outfit with mizzue’s range of functional yet stylish bags! With a selection of petite bucket bags, handcrafted saddlebags, versatile backpacks and more, mizzue has you covered throughout the season with their chic and refreshing designs. Go on, ring in the Christmas season with mizzue! mizzue bags are available online at www.mizzue.sg
Slice of Joy
Don’t get us wrong – we love our turkey dinners, but imagine digging into a belly-warming slice of pizza on Christmas day! A surefire hit with all your guests, Pezzo Pizza has rolled out two festive specials: the Flamethrower Pizza topped with a potpourri of tender spiced chicken and drenched in curry sauce, and the Carbonara Pizza, which comes with an assortment of meat chunks and mozzarella coated in creamy carbonara sauce. You get to choose up to six flavours ($4.90 per slice) in one pan; mix it up and wait for it to arrive just in time for your Yuletide feast!
all i want for
Christmas Is... From the practical-minded to the high-roller, this comprehensive holiday gift guide will have you covered for everyone on your list. By chew hui ling
I Know Him Christmas Socks, $9.90, Topman
Are you kiasu enough?
Santa Baby Lip Balm, $6.49, ASOS
Beanie With Patch Detail, $14.90, ZARA
Souvenirs From Singapore Chope Magnetic Keychain, $12.90, The Farm Store
Naughty or Nice Makeup Bag, $9.90, H&M
Wallet-friendly stocking stuffers you can gift without busting your pocket
Christmas Gingerbread / Cat iPhone 6/7 Case, $19.90, Topshop
Pet lovers, unite!
innisfree Real Colour Nail Christmas Set, $14
ETUDE HOUSE My Little Nut Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk, $17.90
FuzzYard South Beach Melamine Bowl, $19, Naiise
Happy Plugs In-Ear Carrera Marble, $49
Monki Santa’s Fave Christmas Sweatshirt, $42.23, ASOS
Ban.do Girl Talk Headband, $29.90, Monoyono
$50 Get your party on
Cool knick-knacks that will impress even the most discerning of giftees
Laneige Milkyway Fantasy BB Cushion_Whitening, $39
Leather Key Ring with Customised Monogramming, $22.90, kikki.K
Camera Patterned Tie, $45.90, Mango The Little Link Director Cufflink, $27.90, Megafash
BYDR Classic Pomade, $33 Kate Spade Gold Stripe Thermal Mug, $39.90, Monoyono
Woouf! Ice Cream Oven Mitt, $27, Naiise Jac Vanek Very Merry Christmas Tree Scented Candle, $36, Nastygal
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Care Trio Gift Box, $33
Pretty Hair, Don't Care
2016 was filled with super cool hair trends, from rainbow hair, to denim tresses, to glow-in-the-dark waves to succulent-inspired locks. Here are our #HairGoals favourites. By johanna teo
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On him, Forest green bomber jacket, $49, Forever 21 Floral printed button-down shirt, $24.95, Cotton On Nudie Jeans Grim Tim orange cloud jeans, $279, THE DENIM STORE Red velvet long scarf, $5, Forever 21 Atari brown sneakers, $139, ALDO On her, Mustard double breasted blouse, $79, Meloné Floral printed midi skirt, $29.95, TEMT Navy wool beret, $19.90, ZARA Black frame glasses, $118, OWNDAYS Vintage rings set, $9.95, Cotton On Velvet floral scarf, $19, Forever 21
Summer winterland December in the tropics call for stylish layers and fashionably thick threads – don’t sweat it. By Johanna Teo
Photographer: Justin Loh/Shining Head Media Art Direction: Aris Lai and Johanna Teo Stylist: Sharon Tan assisted by Jessica Khor Hair and Makeup: Brenda Lye Models: Georgia N. and Zsombor H./Mannequin
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What’s In Santa’s Bag?
2017 Weekly Diary, $34.90, kikki.K
All we want for Christmas are presents just like these. By chew hui ling
Friends and Mom Vouchers, $16.90 each, Monoyono Wood&Lead Breakfast in Bed Luna Bag, $48.50, Naiise
Everyday Ballpoint Pen, $4.90, kikki.K Love SG Ice Gems Salt & Pepper Shakes, $9.90, Megafash
Kate Spade New York Silver Dot Pine Scented Candle, $106, Monoyono
Suck UK Emergency Money Box, $19.90, Megafash
White Forrest Watch, $99, Megafash
Photography: Justin Loh / Shining Head Media Styling: CHEW HUI LING
M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick in Flamboyish, $36
Shedding their debut innocence to showcase the progress of their blossoming youth, musical quirksters AKDONG MUSICIAN are back with a more mature sound and look that is Spring Vol.1. By Intan Nurshakinah
rowned as the winners of KPOP Star Season 2, AKDONG MUSICIAN (AKMU) burst into the K-pop scene with their eclectic brand of alternative folk and authentic songcraft, a fresh take in the landscape of commercialised pop. Two years after their debut album Play, the sibling duo delivered yet another knockout comeback with Spring Vol.1 - chock-full of upbeat tunes that are a blast to sing along with. And fans of AKMU finally have the chance to do just that as they will be staging their first ever concert here! Prepping for their impending visit, here are three fun facts about the pair that you should know before heading to their show.
Despite their tough upbringing, the “happy power plant” household braved through the storm together and the tight-knitted pair became who they are today. It’s no wonder their musical chemistry is like no other!
He can create songs in just five minutes
While Suhyun captures most of the spotlight during stage performances, we can’t forget about the genius behind all
She has big dreams ahead
They star ted from the bottom , now they’re here
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of AKMU’s tracks: oppa Chanhyuk. Gotta love Papa YG for giving Chanhyuk the absolute freedom to produce and compose their own songs! His creativity has produced several chart-toppers with witty lyrics and catchy tunes that encapsulate the duo’s colour and simplicity. Oh, and did we mention he’s a charmer with girls too? The singer-songwriter gifted IU an unofficial single ‘Fried Egg’ when she guested on AKMU’s concert, and even dedicated a track titled ‘A Suzy Day’ for miss A’s Suzy, whom he revealed as his ideal type. Aw!
We all know that Suhyun’s an incredibly talented singer, but her ambitions don’t just stop there. Following the steps of her brother, the 17-year-old has started songwriting and also expressed interest to dabble in acting. After all, Suhyun has already proven she has the chops with her performance in the music videos for ‘200%’ and ‘I Love You’. Perhaps we can expect a Suhyun solo album or a drama in the works?
Chanhyuk and Suhyun’s childhood certainly wasn’t filled with rainbows and unicorns – while other kids were donning uniforms and hanging out with their classmates, they were home-schooled by their parents who on missionary work in Mongolia. Due to the family’s difficult financial situation, they grew up having little friends and only had each other to depend on.
Press replay on AKMU’s award-winning KPOP Star 2 days!
‘Don’t Cross Your Legs’ “What is this feeling of my leg falling asleep and my blood not circulating?”
‘You’re Attractive’ “You’re more attractive than seeing a chicken in the middle of a diet”
‘Is It Ramen?’ “Every day, I open the pantry and I see a half bag of what I ate yesterday”
‘Foreigner’s Confession’ “When I see the fancy you, my heart goes pit-a-patting, pi-pit-a-patting”
Catch AKDONG MUSICIAN live at AKMU STUDIO in Singapore on 9 December at Kallang Theatre! Tickets from $108, www.sistic.com .sg
Celebs BEST OF 2016
What A Year
To Be Alive!
Hollywood beefs, K-pop farewells, and brainwashing memes – oh my! We recap the top Internet-breaking topics that had the world talking in 2016.
- Monday Blues What happened: After fuelling us with Monday Couple feels for six years, our beloved Kang Gary has announced his decision to withdraw from Korean variety hit Running Man, in order to focus on his music career. Who else cried buckets during the teary-eyed farewell on Gary’s final broadcast? It was hard to say goodbye, but in case you Monday Couple fans need a reason to smile through those sobs: the rapper has already made his first guest appearance after his last official Running Man recording, and guess who’s the happiest to see him back? Check out this adorable behindthe-scenes snap of Song Ji Hyo clinging onto her on-screen beau when he showed up!
- Tell Me Goodbye What happened: With the contracts of our favourite ‘09 K-pop groups nearing expiration, the year saw tons of disbandment rumours swirling around. As much as we wished they would stay status quo, 2NE1’s Minzy, Miss A’s Jia and Secret’s Sunhwa have re-contracted under a different label, while Kara, 4minute and Rainbow have unfortunately disbanded. B2ST had the hardest hit, with the rest of the members creating their own label following Hyunseung’s scandal-riddled departure. Conclusion: Breakups are inevitable – some up and left to fly solo, others just need a break from the spotlight. But who knows, perhaps there will be a time where we see our 21st century idols reuniting years down the road? Just look at first-gen groups like Sechs Kies, g.o.d and S.E.S!
Conclusion: Whether or not the Monday Couple will reunite after the show, one thing’s for sure: the ship’s gonna continue sailing. In a surprising revelation, Gary exposed Jihyo for sending him lovey-dovey texts. Get together already!
• Rookie Revolution •
2016’s arsenal of shiny breakout acts that are poised to lead the next era of K-pop TWICE After the explosive debut that is ‘Like Ooh-Aah’, JYP’s newest darlings wasted no time in stepping up the momentum with their latest Halloween-themed comeback ‘TT’, which easily surpassed the 40 million mark within two weeks. We can’t wait to see what else these bright young gems will bring to the table! BLACKPINK Despite hitting the scene only in August this year, BLACKPINK has already seized a permanent spot in every K-pop fan’s playlist thanks to their insanely infectious debut singles. Achieving another milestone with their latest comeback, their music videos for ‘Playing with Fire’ and ‘Stay’ surged to over 3 million views within 24 hours! NCT If you think EXO’s member count is huge, wait till you witness SM’s newest project NCT on its complete scale. Created with the concept of having an unlimited number of members split into various sub-units, NCT was made for raging success right off the bat: NCT U, NCT 127 and NCT Dream have seen remarkable results, with subsequent units in the making.
TEXT: chew hui ling and gladys lee
- SG Pride What happened: 2016 was a phenomenal year that marked not one, but three historical milestones achieved by our athlete champs. Swimming prodigy Joseph Schooling’s triumph over the legendary Michael Phelps landed our little red dot her very first Olympic gold medal, while three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu and bronze medallist Theresa Goh proved to the world yet again that the sky’s the limit with hard work and determination! On the musical front, our homeboy Nathan Hartono made us proud by clinching second place in the singing competition. Although he didn’t come out tops, he’s still a winner in our hearts – and it’s safe to say the charming crooner’s gonna be even bigger in 2017 and beyond.
I.O.I Who knew a temporary project group would eventually become one of the hottest acts of the year? Hot off the Produce 101 fame, I.O.I charmed fans with their bubbly earworms ‘Dream Girls’, ‘Whatta Man’ and ‘Very Very Very’, with each of their MVs chalking up at least 15 million in views! We’ll be sad to see them go; 10 months of promotions ain’t enough!
Conclusion: While we celebrate the success of these heroes, let’s not forget that there are also tons of homegrown talents working hard to achieve glory for the country. We hope their accomplishments will further pave the way for even greater heights!
Spread The Holiday Cheer Step aside Mariah Carey – coast through the festive season with these underrated Christmas gems instead. By Intan Nurshakinah
‘Winter Things’ – Ariana Grande (Christmas & Chill) Ditching the sleighbells for a mellow ukelele-led tune, Ariana’s super laidback vibes in ‘Winter Things’ gently dips us into the Christmas spirit. Confession: we listen to this all year round!
‘Only You’ – Kylie Minogue and James Corden (Kylie Christmas) We all know James Corden is the goofy king of Carpool Karaoke, but his sweet duet with Aussie pop queen Kylie Minogue brings out a brand new sentimentality altogether. Hopeless romantics, this is your jam.
‘Man with the Bag’ – Jessie J
‘Winter Wonderland/ Don’t Worry Be Happy’ – Pentatonix feat. Tori Kelly (That’s Christmas to Me)
‘Dear Santa’ – Girl’s Generation-TaeTiSeo (Dear Santa)
Featuring the honeyed vocals of Tori Kelly and talents of a capella group Pentatonix, this beautiful mash-up is a feel-good track that gets us bouncing with every single listen thanks to its aca-awesomeness.
An ethereal R&B ballad turned jingle bell-heavy pop jam, ‘Dear Santa’ is available in both Korean and English, which is great for introducing the entire family to the magic that’s TaeTiSeo. 64
The Brit-pop diva jazzes up the classic big band number, instilling a sense of euphoria for the Christmas season. Crank this dramatic rendition up for some fun while waiting for holiday presents!
‘Under the Stars’ – John Legend Always count on Mr. ‘All of Me’ to warm up even your coldest day with this soulful ballad – an ensemble of soft drums, powerful piano chords and the best of his soothing vocals.
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ – Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé (Holiday Wishes) A lovey-dovey jingle from this musical match made in heaven, Idina Menzel (of ‘Let It Go’ fame) and Michael Bublé’s collab of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is perfect for chilling beside a make-believe fireplace.
‘4 Carats’ – Kelly Clarkson (Wrapped in Red) Santa, please take note: all Kelly Clarkson wants for Christmas is a four-carat diamond ring. A modernday spin-off to ‘Santa Baby’, the winner of American Idol Season One poured her sass and a teensy bit of unabashed materialism into this light-hearted pop-rock number.
‘Snow Snow Snow’ – Band of Merrymakers (Welcome to Our Christmas Party)
‘Alone on Christmas Day’ – Phoenix Not in the mood for merry songs? Phoenix’s revival of ‘Alone on Christmas Day’, an obscure holiday track by the Beach Boys, is equal parts melancholic and delightful, with a little help from voices like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.
‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – Train (Christmas in Tahoe) Train drops a rocking holiday bomb on us with this anthemic track that’ll get you excited for all the festivities. With a simple and catchy chorus, you’ll be wishing everyone “Happy holidays!” without even realising it.
For the uninitiated, this superband boasts famous faces like Natasha Bedingfield, Owl City, Alex & Sierra and even Bebe Rexha, who sing to raise awareness and donations for charity. ‘Snow Snow Snow’ has the former two singers lending their vocals to this irresistably catchy number.
Your Story? 12 Inspiring millenNials from different walks of life share their passions, hopes, fears and insecurities. these are their stories. whatâ€™s yours?
Joshua Ask The Right questions Gay One of the most important things about education is asking questions. However, as I enter the final semester of my university life, and possibly of my educational journey, I realise that many of the questions we ask usually go like this: “Is this graded?”, “How much do I have to work for this 10 per cent assignment?”, “How should I write my essay such that my professor will grade it well?” or even “Do you think this will get me an A?” Growing up under our education system has thrown us into a relentless rat race. However, it has become much less of a race towards the top, but a race away from the bottom. Our attempts to reach the top are driven by our fear of not being able to be the best – our fear of failing to enter our desired universities, our fear of failing to secure a future for ourselves. Our kiasu-ness is literally driven by our fear of losing out. Singaporeans are afraid of failure and we do everything we can to chase “success”. Yet, we compromise on true excellence and on the joy of learning. “Have I learnt something new from class today?”, “What am I aiming to learn from this assignment?”, “Will I be proud of my work?”, “Have I made the most out of my education?” One of the most important things about education is asking questions, but our fear of failure has stopped us from asking the ones that really matter.
Ho Li Yen Size Me Up Body image – everything from media portrayal to cultural influences has shaped our mindsets, ingraining an illusionary belief that a certain size or shape is less than ideal.
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When it comes to body positivity, sometimes unassuming sentences hurt the most. I’ve been on the receiving end of many seemingly harmless queries about my body. And while I’m able to brush it off because I’ve been subjected time and again to such prying questions, there is a real need to stop people from throwing medical disorders around carelessly. “Are you sure you’re not anorexic?”, “Are you really hungry or are you just binge-eating?” These disorders are very real and there are people who are struggling with them everyday. Passive-agressive statements like “You’re so skinny, you should eat more”, or even “Stop eating so much, you’re going to gain weight!” serve to undermine the good progress that we have made – from supporting plus-size models to body positive campaigns and acceptance that diversity is beauty. I hope and believe that we can create an understanding society where extra labels (i.e. plus-size) will be a thing of the past and where everyone will be comfortable in their own skin – all we need is a little empathy. What better time to start than now?
Lew Puay Fang
You’re Not Alone Forget the label for people dealing with anxiety issues. It may be unnerving and crippling at first, but if you learn to face your demons, it will get better. Time will be your best friend. What matters is not how long you took to tackle your demons, what matters is you did. Prioritise your emotional and mental health. Take breaks. Give yourself some love. What are you filling your time with? Look deeper. What are you filling your heart with? Give yourself time to nurture your heart, your soul and your mind. What you do with your time is your prerogative. Sometimes, it’s the preconceptions that we have to unlearn. I found that in life, there aren’t always answers to everything. Some questions you may spend your whole life answering. It’s a matter of constant exploration and self-discovery. Take your time to carve out a path for your future, no matter how long, no matter how treacherous. Some days you may feel scared, other days you may feel hopeful. But isn’t that life? Learn to take it one day at a time. You’re not alone.
Are you full of holiday cheer? Or does your scowl turn down any Christmas smile? Take this quiz to find out. By Intan Nurshakinah
Christmas and holiday songs arenâ€™t music to your ears
Your idea of spreading the holiday cheer is by helping out at a local charity
You think that festive decorations are kinda tacky
The only people you need to spend time with this holiday is your family
You sing along to all the holiday songs playing on the radio
You make delicious homemade gingerbread cookies to share with your friends You think holiday gifts are a waste of moneyâ€Ś and wrapping paper
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You only buy gifts for your family members and your best friends
You finish your holiday gift shopping one month before the festive season
You’d rather be receiving than giving
You head down to Orchard Road to see the Christmas lights and trees
You are not a fan of big festive parties with loud music and dancing
You don’t mind getting impractical gifts; it’s the thought that counts!
Santa’s secret helpers!
You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for you, one you’ve been waiting for since the start of 2016. You buy gifts for everyone you know and spend your time wrapping them prettily. Volunteering to decorate the evergreen fir tree, hanging Christmas stockings or baking festive cookies, you find joy in the simplest things. Just like cute little Cindy Lou Who (Dr. Seuss), you’re filled to the brim with Christmas glee and your joy is positively infectious; everyone gets an extra dose of festive cheer whilst around you!
You laugh and tease your friends when they receive terrible gifts
While you mightn’t consider Christmas as an extra special holiday, you do appreciate how it brings families and friends together – which makes gift wrapping and other seasonal routines less tedious for you. Work has taken over your life, making you too busy to even have time to pamper yourself, much less spending some family time. Chase away the holiday blues by giving yourself a much-deserved time off from your hectic schedule and fully enjoy the cosy celebration with your loved ones.
Home Alone is your favourite classic Christmas movie
You spend time making your own Christmas decorations
You avoid crowded places at this time of the year
Everything about the holiday season is your nightmare, from the crowded streets to the incessant Christmas music. You grump at the fact that commercial-ism has taken over the true meaning of celebration and you’re set on making everyone else’s holiday as miserable as yours. Instead of dampening others’ festive cheer, get in the spirit of giving this Christmas by volunteering with the less fortunate. Whether its bonding with underprivileged kids, helping out at an animal shelter or spending time at an old folks’ home, you’re bound to discover that Christmas is more than a sentimental holiday.
You can’t wait to play Secret Santa!
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Giveaway Galore over
We round up 2016 by putting together festive gifts worth
$17,000 Each giveaway will be posted on
starting from 5 December 2016. Closing date: 4 January 2017
Look out for this giveaway on:
24 DEC 16 Five sets of UE BOOM 2 (worth $319 each) With the UE BOOM 2, the tunes go where you go. This high-powered bluetooth speaker fits easily in the palm of your hand and is not only water- and drop-proof – its 15hour battery life ensures the music literally never ends. Go ahead, be the life of the party!
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12 DEC 16 Three sets of Sony Music’s assorted artiste merchandise (worth $500 each) Home to the likes of global phenomenons Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Meghan Trainor, Little Mix and homegrown band The Sam Willows, Sony Music’s awesome hamper includes merch from Adele, Zayn, Justin Timberlake, The Sam Willows and more!
Five sets of Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Essential Kits (worth $120 each). Each kit includes
Look out for this giveaway on:
5 DEC 16
Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream and Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light UV Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA++++.
What’s better than stuffing your face with all the ice cream and dessert you can eat? Indulge in over 50 ice cream and gelato flavours, more than 40 cake toppings, cold stone, chocolate fondue fountains and an assortment of delicious pastries and cakes! Exclusively available at Swensen’s ION Orchard, bring along your fellow foodie pal to enjoy this decadent buffet for two!
Set your beauty regime straight with Kiehl’s best-selling skincare essentials! Uniquely formulated for even the most sensitive of skin, the dermatologist-recommended brand prides itself on high quality skincare treatments made only with natural ingredients, giving you younger, healthier skin in no time!
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19 DEC 16
11 pairs of Swensen’s All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream & Dessert Buffet vouchers (worth $49.20 each)
Six Color Me Happy three-month Perfect Bliss Box subscriptions (worth $92.97 each)
Look out for this giveaway on:
25 DEC 16
You can now get the latest Korean lipsticks sent right to your doorstep with Color Me Happy – a monthly lippie box subscription that’ll send you the best lip-pampering products. And it’s not limited to only glosses and lipsticks; Color Me Happy has everything, from lip contouring products, repair oils, softening masks, lip bronzers and more. Lipstick addicts, it’s time to go crazy!
Five sets of Benefit hampers (worth $102 each). Each hamper includes a Soft & Natural Brow Kit and Roller Lash Brown.
There’s everything you’ll need to get Insta-worthy brows with the Benefit Soft & Natural Brow Kit: stencils, soft brow pencils and clear brow gel to get 24 hour budge-proof brows. And the Roller Lash Curling Mascara in Brown has a smudge- and water-resistant formula that instantly lifts and curls lashes to perfection.
As we countdown the last days of 2016, we look back on our brightest moments with our supporters, readers, participants and sponsors. Thank you for being a part of our year!
We kicked the year off by heading straight to the polytechnics with our annual Campus Run 2016! Giving away goodie bags, treating readers to makeup makeovers by ETUDE HOUSE and more, we had tons of fun during our three days there. Spot our booth at the upcoming Campus Run 2017 to grab exclusive goodies!
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