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Contents Lifestyle 8 Hot Picks 10 Recipe For Romance Impress your Valentine with these scrumptious date ideas 16 Two’s Company Forget single-player games, get your date involved with these multiplayer apps 18 Dupe That Tech Find out which of these tech contenders has the most value for money 20 Objects Of Affection Take the guesswork out of shopping for Valentine’s Day with this handy guide

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Beauty 24 Beauty Hot Picks 27 Acne Begone! Say goodbye to acne with 3M Nexcare Acne Patch 28 Monochroma(n)tic Romantic makeup tips for date night with the beau

Fashion 34 It’s A Match Hipster prep meets bohemian chic for a match made in fashion heaven 40 Cupid’s Sartorial Situation Wow your date with flawless style with these outfit inspos 42 Bling It On Get all eyes on you with these statement necklaces 44 His & Hers Channel #RelationshipGoals with these ‘his & hers’ bag essentials

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Ed’s Note Your Say Radar Calendar Astroscoop Snaps

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Cover Celebs 45 At A Glance We recap our cover girl’s life in numbers 46 From Supermodel to Role Model Take a look at what makes Gigi Hadid the most important supermodel in the game today 50 Who Run The World? Girls! These K-pop ladies are out in full force, and telling the world they’re here to stay 54 The Bo Gum Magic Here’s why we can’t help falling in love with Korea’s most searched entertainer of 2016 56 Come Rain, Come Shine Hallyu star Rain proves he still got the moves at his long-awaited concert 58 Band With A Purpose Think you’ve heard them all? We revisit some of the band’s best ‘under the radar’ tracks 60 MADE To Conquer We recap the band’s journey from young hopefuls to milliondollar megastars 62 Sheeran To Love Take a look at some of the best hits the Brit hit-maker has penned for other stars 64 Is That Too Cheesy? The best (and worst) of celeb pick up lines 66 Ain’t Got Time For Ex We reveal the craziest ex-diss tracks 71 Quiz: Caught In A [K-Drama] Romance Are you and your beau in a relationship comparable to those in K-Dramas?

cover image courtesy of maybelline new york

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74 Dating Bucket List Change up your dates by checking off these quirky couple activities 76 Instant Stonework Skip the chocolate and candies and give your beau these practical granite themed DIYs 78 Keep Going Stay motivated with these quirky tips 80 Through The Lens Looking at life in a different perspective with Yafiq Yusman 82 A Letter To The One I Love The Most Eight millennials share with us a letter to the one they love 88 Quiz: What’s Your Dating Style? Find out what you are really like in a relationship 89 Silver Screen Romance Try some of these cinematic love quotes on your special someone

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Tuckshop

Recipe

For Romance

From swanky sit-down dinners to DIY sweet treats, here’s how you can impress your Valentine with these scrumptious date ideas. By chew hui ling

Dazzling Caf e Pink

orchardgateway #01-12/13/14, Singapore 238858

You don’t have to be a knight in shining armour to make your lady love feel like a princess. Designed to resemble a carnival-themed suite, Dazzling Cafe Pink greets you with a glamorous set of unicorn displays, neon signs and glittering chandeliers right upon entry. Get seated on one of the rabbit-eared chairs and relish in some of the Taiwanese cafe chain’s well-loved favourites such as the Lobster Capellini ($26.90), Matcha Waffle with Azuki Beans ($14.90) and Pandan Gula Melaka Honey Toast ($18.90). To sweeten the deal, spoil your girl with bling up for purchase at the retail corner, which features accessories from cult brands like Vanessa Mooney, Vita Fede and Yun Yun Sun.

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Open Farm Communit y 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819

Fancy cooking up a meal with ingredients picked fresh from the garden? Delight your favourite green thumb at this sprawling 35,000sqf restaurant where you can look forward to farmto-table freshness on its menu of fusion European fare such as the Coconut Laksa Barramundi ($30), Tempura Jurong Frog Legs ($26) and the bestselling Braised Oxtail Strozzapreti ($30). Not only do the folks at Open Farm Community pride themselves on growing their own produce, they also organise urban farming workshops within their outdoor recreational space, which plays host to a table tennis table and a lawn bowling arena that makes for a truly wholesome dating spot.

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Gift Guide

let it go RELATIONSHIP STATUS:

nuRsing a broken heart? we’ve got cha back with these pick-me-ups!

Heartbreak Kit Sticker Set, $12.15, Naiise

Vintage Watercolour Globe $49.99,Typo

She Believe She Could Notebook, $14.90, The Paper Bunny

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Ex Girlfriend Sheer Shimmer, $29

Love and Peace Printed Sweatshirt, $39.90, H&M

No Regrets Ripped T-shirt, $25.90, Zara

Novelty Pillow Case Set, $19.99, Typo

Work Smarter Live Better Journal $44.90, kikki.K

Stainless Steel Skinny Bangle, $36, Modern Minimalist Co

Keep Calm iPhone 6/6s Cover, $41.80, Megafash

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Drink Happy Thoughts Takeaway Mug $17.99, Typo


Heart Wallet, $25.90, Stradivarius

be mine forever RELATIONSHIP STATUS:

Love’s in the air! Show your significant other how much you cherish them with these romantic gift ideas.

Love Motif iPhone 6 Case, $33.90, Topshop

Dainty Druzy Round Necklace, $50, Modern Minimalist Co

XOXO Sticky Pad, $8.90, Monoyono

Simple Love Light Bulb, $20, TotallyHotStuff Svenska Hem Sma Stunder Wooden Frame, $22.90, kikki.K

Sephora Collection Big Night Out Survival Kit, $37

WoodWick Love Inspirational Linen Hourglass Candle, $34.90 You’re My Favourite Card, $5.90, The Paper Bunny Love Vouchers, $19.95, TotallyHotStuff

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Beauty

Believe In Magic

We’re suckers for anything that can help with our blackhead situation, so imagine our excitement when homegrown skincare brand Reveal A Secret (RAS) debuted with the Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel ($29)! Concocted with all-natural plant-based goodness – think witch hazel extract, tea tree oil and lemon extract, this gel acts as a natural exfoliant to help soften and cleanse clogged pores. Goodbye strawberry noses!

Spring Is In The Air

Get Inked

Maybelline eyeliners have always had a special spot in our makeup kits. And we have a feeling their newest Hyperink Liquid Liner ($18.90) and Everlasting Gel XXS ($12.90) will be no exception, especially with their 24 hour staying power, waterproof and smudge-proof capabilities.

If experiences could be packaged into makeup, then the limited Laura Mercier Joie De Vivre collection is your best bet. Inspired by Paris in Spring, get swept away with the universally flattering Windflush Colour Powder for Cheeks & Eyes ($68), sip coffee at a Parisian bistro while wearing the Velour Lovers Lip Colour ($42), and look at the Eiffel Tower through eyes lined with the Tightline Cake Eyeliner Repromote ($42). Ah, Paris.

Good Enough To Eat

What do soybeans, sake and bread yeast have in common? The ORBIS Koubijin Night Time Pack ($48), apparently. The Japanese skincare brand harnesses lactic acid, amino acids and low-molecular hyaluronic acid extracted from the above-mentioned ingredients into an overnight clarity mask to promote moisture retention, increase collagen production and improve skin radiance all at once.

New to makeup? The Everlasting Gel XXS will have your eyeliner staying mistake-free thanks to its 1.5mm precision-tip and botanical oil-infused gel formula. And the Hyperink Liquid Liner will help you achieve the most intricate of eyeliner looks thanks to its highly pigmented ink-in-film formulation and flexi-cushion tip that’ll have your peepers looking fab in just one stroke.

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It sucks zits dry These patches pack a punch thanks to its hydrocolloid material. Upon application, the 3M Nexcare Acne Patch absorbs excess pus and sebum quickly from the blemish, unclogging pores and ridding acne without drying or scarring skin.

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Reason #2:

It’s hard to spot Flesh coloured and super thin, the 3M Nexcare Acne Patches blends into skin well – you could even wear it out without anyone noticing! The ladies can also apply makeup over the patches to conceal ‘em even better. Simply apply on clean skin and blend your foundation over it.

It is versatile Coming in three different variations – Ladies, Men and Thinner – the 3M Nexcare Acne Patches provide a variety that’ll suit your every need. For day use, reach for the Thinner version; it’s 40 per cent thinner than the regular patch, making it even more invisible than before!

Reason #5:

Works on sensitive skin

Reason #4:

It stops popping We all know zit-popping is bad, but most of us do it anyway. Acting as a protective cover to keep away itchy fingers, these acne patches also help to prevent contamination and infection till your pimple is eradicated!

Unlike topical acne treatments, the 3M Nexcare Acne Patches are drug-free and safe for sensitive skin. You won’t be seeing any irritation or breakouts from using these acne-fighters!

Choose from a variety of Nexcare Acne Patches for both men and women. For the ladies, there’s the Nexcare Acne Patch Ladies 36s for regular use at home or at night. There’s also the Nexcare Acne Patch Thinner 30s which is only 0.03cm thin for use during the day. For the men, there’s the Nexcare Acne Patch Mens 30s and 18s.

The 3M Nexcare Acne Patches (Ladies, Mens, Thinner) retail at $8.20 at personal care stores and leading supermarkets.


Beauty

Monochroma(n)tic Get fun and flirty with these romantic hues. By johanna teo

Play up your peepers with baby pink eyeliner. For a bright and fresh look, either skip eye shadow or stick to complementary tones like nudes or pinkish mauves. While we love the minimalistic pink liquid liner flick, you could smudge out creamy pencil liner for a softer look. If you’re not ready for full-out pink, sneak in pink accents atop your everyday black liner.

(From Top, Left to Right) Benefit Dandelion, $51 Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer in Sweet Pop, $35 3CE Creamy Cheek Stick in Marry You, $34 The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Taipei Orchid, $18 shu uemura metal:ink eyeliner in ME pink, $40 Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in Call Girl, $19 MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Waterproof Pencil in Fuchsia Pink, $34 NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Petal, $14

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Art Direction: ARIS LAI & Johanna Teo Model: Narana E/Ave

Get the look

Photography: justin loh/shining head media Makeup: Gigi Sng using Urban Decay Cosmetics

Pretty in Pink


TIP

Do away with heavy contour kits – shape your mug by draping blush across your cheekbones and bringing it toward the temples, achieving a subtle sculpted effect.

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Beauty

At First Blush

Get the look Glossy lids in this tropical heat seem more pretty than practical, but its whole messy and smudged effect makes it more forgiving. And it’s quite simple to achieve: apply your usual eye makeup and dab on clear gloss or balm, while using patting motions instead of smearing it onto your lids as the oily texture will swipe away your makeup.

(From Top, Left to Right) shu uemura play date eye & cheek palette in pink sundae, $98 ETUDE HOUSE Play 101 Stick in #13, $24 Fauxstix Bolt in Bae, $33 Vaseline Lip Therapy Regular, $4 3CE Glass Gloss Transparency, $38 Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Lollipop, $38 Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon, $28

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TIP

Match your lips to your lids. if you prefer the matte effect over glossed up lips, fake the shine by dabbing on highlighter or a hint of gloss in the middle of your lips.

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Photography: Justin Loh/Shining Head Media Art Direction: Aris Lai Stylist: Sharon Tan assisted by Jessica Khor Hair & Makeup: Gigi Sng Models: Samanta G and Cole C/Ave

On him, White shirt, $39, MUJI White grandad tee, $25.90, hotwind Essential Track pants, $119, adidas Originals GUESS Romantic Rebel timepiece, $228, Watch Engine Brown calf leather high-top sneakers, $329.90, ECCO On her, Floral off-shoulder blouse, $19.95, Floral slit maxi, $19.95, TEMT Denim choker, $29, ALDO Nellie grey boots, $269, Timberland Rustic Red bouquet, $48, Simply Flowers

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On her, Ieva top in teal green, $49, FashionValet Blue metallic pleated midi, $39.90, Promod Gold floral belt, $9.95, Floral headband, $14.95 each, TEMT On him, Spot button-down top, $39.90, hotwind Maroon knitted pullover, $35.90, Brown slim fit pants, $59.90, Ottoman

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Lookbook

Patchwork pullover, $45.90, Pinstripe trousers, $59.90, hotwind Pink pinstripe button-down, $45.90, Ottoman Black rim glasses, $198, OWNDAYS P9 Plus, $998, Huawei Navy Vintage messenger bag, $129.90, Manhattan Portage Puma diamond classic supply grey sneakers, $160, Limited Edt Vault

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Lifestyle

Cupids Sartorial SITUATION

Get dressed for that Valentine’s date in impeccable style and comfort. By Gladys Lee

Irina tan

CHLOE CHOO

SAVINA CHAI

@irinatyt

@chloeandchoo

@savinachaiyj

GET IT!

GOLD DETAIL ANKLE BOOT, $50.68, ASOS

GET IT! GET IT!

LING ONE SHOULDER SHIRT - STRIPED, $44, POMELO POCKET DUNGAREES, $39.90, MANGO

@dreachong

@songofstyle

@gracelsyy

ANDREA CHONG

AIMEE SONG

GRACE LIM

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DARYL aiden YOW

CLARENCE LIM

@darylaiden

@clarencewx

oRSQR @orsqr

GET IT!

GREY SKINNY FIT SUIT TROUSERS, $129, TOPMAN

GET IT!

GET IT!

THE RAIL REVERSIBLE EMBROIDERED SOUVENIR JACKET, $100.22, NORDSTORM

@alvinlvin

MINIMAL BLACK CLUTCH, $49.90, ZARA

alvin suryanto

@andrewkayden

@sealfred

ANDREW KAYDEN

ALFRED SNG

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Fashion

Bling It On

Overdose on sparkles with these statement trinkets. By chew hui ling

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STYLING: JOHANNA TEO makeup: gigi sng using urban decay Model: NARANA E/AVE

Photography: Justin Loh / Shining Head Media Art direction: Aris LaI

crystal lace necklace, $430, kate spade new york

CONTRASTING PENDANT NECkLACE, $45.90, Mango

SEQUIN BaLL COLLAR, $26.90, Topshop

saturation open circle choker necklace, $17.90, zalora

GRANDEUR WHITE MARBLE COLLAR NECkLACE, $21.90, ARVA

OPUS CHOKER NECKLACE, $159, IN GOOD COMPANY

SPIKE & CIRCLE LINK NECKLACE, $25.34, ASOS

GOLD CHAIN STONE NECKLACE, $23.90, DOROTHY PERKINS

CRYSTALS AND BOW NECKLACE, $30.90, ViCKI & MEG

METALLIC QUARTZ NECKLACE, $68, BY INVITE ONLY

ARCTIC BIB NECKLACE, $29.90, ARVA

V PEARL GUNMETAL NECKLACE, $39, JEMSA

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InTheBag

Hers: Fujifilm X-A3, $599

His: Olympus PEN E-PL8, $898

His: MontBlanc Starwalker Eau de Toilette, $89

His: Daniel Wellington Classic Black Sheffield, $319

Hers: Fossil Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Wine Leather Watch, $269

His & Hers

Channel #RelationshipGoals with these matchy-matchy bag essentials! By chew hui ling

His: 2017 A6 Daily Buffalo Diary, $19.99, Typo

Hers: 3CE Face Blush in Valentine Pink, $30

His: American Crew Pomade, $22

Hers: Lancome Miracle Blossom L’Eau de Parfum, $150

Hers: 2017 Pink Leather Planner, $38, The Paper Bunny His: Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses with Mirror Lens, $301.94, ASOS

Hers: Tommy Hilfiger Gigi Hadid Capsule Collection Asian Fit Aviator, $255.90, Zalora

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At A Glance

gigi Hadid

From child model to a full-fledged fashion superstar, we recap Gigi Hadid’s life in numbers.

2years old

At , Gigi scored her first modeling gig for Baby Guess after being discovered by Paul Marciano, of Guess clothing. A little known fact about Gigi is that she has acted in two short films, Virgin Eyes and Those Wrecked with Success, with over

105,000 views combined on YouTube and Vimeo.

Gigi was the top favourite among fashion designers at 2016 Fall Fashion Week, leading the lineups for shows and closing runways.

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She was the most popular supermodel on Instagram in 2016, gaining

Her performance of ‘Larger Than Life’ by Backstreet Boys on Lip Sync Battle has garnered over

2.4 million

16,033,757

views on YouTube.

In support for a disease that has affected her siblings, she raised

new followers.

$25,000

for the Global Lyme Alliance by winning Masterchef Celebrity Showdown. *All facts accurate at time of print

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Celebs

Who Run

The World?Girls!

2017 brings the K-pop ladies out with first-gen queens S.E.S’s grand reunion, exciting solo debuts and other hotly-tipped newcomers set to make a splash. We take a look at the most anticipated releases slated this year. By Chew Hui Ling

EXID Early 2017

Hot meter

What we know: As much as we’re rooting for an EXID comeback, it wouldn’t be complete without leader Solji, who is currently taking a break from promotional activities due to recent health issues. Kudos to Hyerin for taking charge of the crazy high notes during Solji’s absence! Sources disclosed that it’s possible to see EXID as a whole within the first half the year, but until then, LEGOs will just have to get their OT5 fix via their new Chinese music video for ‘Cream’.

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girl’s day

Hot meter

END JAN 2017

S.E.S

What we say: It’s not a drill: the legendary girl group has finally reunited to give fans the best gift ever for their 20th anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two entire decades since their ‘I’m Your Girl’ days – these K-pop darlings still look as beautiful as ever in their comeback music videos for ‘Remember’ and ‘Paradise’. ‘Remember’ blasts nostalgia from the get-go while ‘Paradise’ takes listeners on a blast to the past with glittery ’70s disco rhythms – think loud colours, funky beats and sparkly disco balls that will have you bopping along from start to finish.

Photo: Red Spade Ventures

2 JAN 2017

Hot meter

What we know: DAI5Ys have been waiting for a Girl’s Day comeback since their last fulllength record Love back in 2015, but it looks like they’re gonna have to sit tight. Originally planning to return with an album in 2016, the quartet has since pushed back their comeback several times – possibly due to Dream T Entertainment and Elektromotive Group’s recent merger. And with news of their contract expiration edging closer, we couldn’t help but worry about it being the four-piece’s final release before their rumoured disbandment this July. On a lighter note, Minah did assure fans that she hopes “Girl’s Day would remain for a long time” in a previous interview, so let’s hope a renewal is in the cards!

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Celebs

Sheeran

The Love

as talented a songwriter as ed sheeran is a singer, take a look at some of the best chart-toppers the ‘shape of you’ hit-maker has penned for other artistes. By Chew Hui Ling

‘Love Yourself’ – Justin Bieber

We all know that Ed Sheeran had a hand in writing Justin Bieber’s behemoth smash for his Purpose album, but can you believe this enormously successful ditty was actually a reject chucked out of Ed’s upcoming record, Divide? “Going from a song that would have never been released to [being] the biggest song of [2015], it just shows you that you shouldn’t always write stuff off,” Ed divulged in a recent interview, but also making sure to give Biebs credit for working his magic on it. And the rest is history.

‘Little Things’ – One Direction

Before One Direction won over the hearts of every boyband-lovin’ fan out there, our resident songwriting genius was already paving the way for the Brit quintet’s impending global takeover – one song at a time, including ‘Moments’, ‘Over Again’ and ‘18’. Most memorable was ‘Little Things’, which Ed revealed that it contained some of his favourite lyrics ever. He admitted to penning the emotive ballad with his former flame when he was 17, but didn’t mind giving it to 1D in a bid to “try something different”. What a pal!

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‘Dark Times’ – The Weeknd

What happens when a moody starboy and a wholesome popstar rub shoulders at a party? Brace yourselves for the musical wonder that is ‘Dark Times’, an acoustic number off The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness album that materialised after a revelry-filled night out together. And the ‘Starboy’ crooner had plenty of lovely things to say about his partner: “I’ve written with a lot of people in my life, but [Ed] is the fastest and most talented songwriter I’ve ever worked with. If we stayed in the studio another week, we could’ve had a full album.” For the love of music, make it happen!

‘Cold Water ’ – Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)

People are digging the new Justin Bieber sound right now, but he wouldn’t have done it without the help of Ed – and the funny thing is the latter wasn’t even aware that he’d created another hit for the Canadian heartthrob! “[‘Cold Water’] was a song I must’ve half-written somewhere,” the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer confessed, “And then the song came out, became number one and I was like ‘That kind of sounds like me. Oh wait, it was me.’” Geez, just imagine how amazing it would sound with Ed’s soothing pipes in the chorus...

‘I Was Made For Loving You’ – Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly has built up quite a name for herself since her American Idol days at 16, but it wasn’t until recently that the curly-haired sweetheart really blew up over the airwaves. One of the tracks that got us into the Tori goodness was her sizzling ballad with Ed, which was so undeniably romantic that fans couldn’t help but wonder if sparks flew between the twosome. But Tori was quick to squash the rumours, asserting that he’s “someone I consider a friend and even a mentor”. Oh well – let’s just sit back and listen to some good music, shall we?

‘Everything Has Changed’ – Taylor Swift

This one’s a classic, but we’d be doing the besties a disservice if this fan favourite didn’t make the list. It all started when Ed learned about T-Swift doodling his song lyrics on her arm during a show, before promptly collaborating with the golden girl on ‘Everything Has Changed’ for her Red album. Nothing seemed to have changed for the duo though, who proved to be as chummy as ever with sweet birthday tweets, support messages and all. Also, can we just say that Tay-Tay fangirling over ‘Shape of You’ on Instagram was downright adorable?

Photo: Warner Music Singapore

‘Tattoo’ – Hilary Duff

Probably only Ed Sheeran could get a pop diva like Hilary Duff to climb out of bed at midnight to record a song, and all it took was two hours for the power duo to produce this glorious gem of a track titled ‘Tattoo’. “He came into the vocal booth with me and I was really intimidated because they don’t normally do that,” she recalled. “So I kept being like, ‘You’re Ed Sheeran and I’m singing the song that you wrote and I want to do right by it’.” Although it didn’t make the final cut for her Breathe In. Breathe Out. album, Hilary did release a live acoustic performance of the unreleased track so be sure to check it out!

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While you’re still playing ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill ’ on repeat, don’t forget to keep a lookout for Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album Divide ‘cause it ’s gonna be epic – dopplegangers, Irish dancers, John Mayer collabs and all.


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Feature

r e t t e A L One e Th To e v o L I t s o M e Th

If you penned a letter to the person you loved the most, what would it say? Some feelings are hard to express, let your written words do the talking.

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Sadhana Jayaseelan

Love is Unconditional

You’re My Asteroid It’s pretty undeniable that you’ve made a tremendous impact on my life. Like an ‘asteroid hitting Earth’ kind of impact. I know that seems like a bad thing but I assure you it isn’t. We really should have asteroid showers more often; drastic change is good. Sometimes I wish I had met you sooner, like in lower secondary or something. It’s kind of a shame that we spent only one year in school together. Imagine the amount of damage that could have been done if we had four years. I hope you know that when I say ‘damage’, I mean it in the most affectionate manner possible. Kudos to us though, for making the most out of only a year. This is the part where you roll your eyes, if you have not already begun. Anyway, as you can tell, this is obviously a heartfelt letter and those nostalgic tears should be filling your eyes to the brim. Right. About. Now. Or at the very least I hope I’m still as entertaining as ever.

Photos: Getty images, Sadhana Jayaseelan

Hayden Lee

Jokes aside, I really mean it when I say that you’re one of the few people who helped drive my life in the right direction, and I’ve reserved a section of my heart just for you. Thank you for walking into my life nearly seven years ago, and for staying put. I need you to know that I appreciate every single time you’ve purposefully corrected my grammar and spelling, and for kicking me (and other people) out of class multiple times because bailing on English homework was trending. It takes way more effort to call people out on their shortcomings and pinpoint mistakes. Especially if they don’t directly impact you, letting things slip is always easier. So what I’m trying to say is that I sincerely love you for everything you’ve done for me and my lovely classmates from 4E2 (batch of 2009). You know we all love you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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When I was young, I kept hearing the saying “A parents’ love is unconditional” but I never understood the meaning behind it. Growing up with three other siblings, I used to think that it’s your duty to provide me what I need, in terms of education and basic necessities. It’s mummy’s duty to wake me up and make me breakfast, papa’s duty to ensure my family is well-fed and to buy me the latest mobile phone. It wasn’t until I went abroad for my studies in Australia that I realised how much I’ve taken my parents for granted. There, I had no one to turn to and rely on. Nobody was around to wake me up in the morning, prepare dinner for me after a long day, or to change my bedsheets when I’m super tired. Now that I’m back in my homeland, I’ve begun to see mummy and papa in a new light. I learned to appreciate the little things that you did for me. It was never mummy’s duty to wake me up every morning and ensure I get to school on time, nor was it papa’s duty to buy me a new phone. But you did it anyway – to make sure I get the best education, and to make me look ‘cool’ in front of my friends with the latest gadgets. Now that I’m in my twenties, I finally understood the sacrifices you’ve made for the family. You sacrificed your hobbies or buying a fancy new phone, so you can save up for our university fees or to bring us for a holiday. Life is unpredictable and they can’t be there forever. So I just want to say: I love you mummy and papa. Thank you for your unconditional love for us, putting a roof over our head and food on our table. I’m grateful and fortunate to have you.


Quiz

What’s your

dating style

How are you really like when in a relationship? Take this quiz to find out! BY GERMAINE CHEAH

4. Which of these words best describe your fashion style? a) Eclectic, colourful, bold b) Laidback, stylish, versatile c) Sophisticated, elegant, trendy

asks you to hang out. You… a) Make them wait – what’s the rush? b) Craft a simple reply that ends with a *kissy-faced* emoji c) Say yes immediately!

1. Do you enjoy meeting new people?

b) Casual dating sounds like a great idea

5. Do you think that guys should always pay on the first date?

a) All the time!

c) Something for the long term, I’m in it for the long run

7. After a great first date, what do you usually do?

a) Not at all, it’s the 21st century, girls can pay too!

a) End the night with plans for a second date, but you forget to text them the next day

b) Only at social gatherings, when I really have to c) No, my fixed group of friends are enough for me

2. What do you look for in a relationship? a) It’s fun to have someone new to hang with!

mostly

A

Fun and flirtatious

b) Sometimes, it’s nice when a guy offers to pay for the meal

3. What was the duration of your longest relationship?

c) Yes, it’s the gentlemanly thing to do

b) Text them later that night telling them what a great time you had

6. The person you’ve been crushing on

c) Start planning for your next outing together

a) Less than a month b) A few months to a year c) A couple of years

You view the dating S game just as it is – a game. Flirting is like second nature to you and while it may confuse the people you actually have feelings for, you don’t like to take things too seriously with anyone you’re seeing. It’s completely fine to keep your options open, but take extra care not to hurt anyone by leading them on.

mostly

B

Cool and logical

While you’re not looking S for anything too serious at the moment, you wouldn’t just date anyone willy-nilly. You enjoy spending time getting to know the other person, but you prefer to analyse the situation before deciding to move forward. While you’re headed in the right direction, don’t be afraid to have a little fun at times – create awesome memories while you’re at it.

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mostly

CS

Loyal and Devoted

You view dating as a way to find someone to build a future with. Romantic dates and meaningful conversations are your idea of a perfect date, and you won’t hesitate to turn down someone who doesn’t seem to be long-term relationship material. Likewise, your tendency to get too serious too soon might scare a potentially great partner away while setting yourself up for disappointment. Take baby steps; there’s no rush!


Textbook

Silver Screen Romance Quote-worthy cinematic lines about love. By Johanna Teo

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return. Moulin Rouge

I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Notting Hill

Without

It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… And I knew it.

you, today’s emotions would be the scurf of yesterday’s. Amelie

Sleepless in Seattle

We accept the we think we deserve.

Jove

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

I wish I had done everything on Earth with you.

After all this time? Always.

The Great Gatsby

I love you. I know.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows #2

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

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