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jun 2017

Hit List

Eat, Play, Shop: This month’s hottest hangouts!

Summer Beauty & Fashion Trends

unicorn-Inspired IG makeup looks steal their style: troye sivan & irene kim

Following Your Passion

Making Kopi Her Business

“It’s a competitive scene but it’s heartening to know that our generation doesn’t mind the hard work.”



Hot List Harry Styles, Bii, Paramore, Halsey, The Sam Willows, Dua Lipa and more MCI (P) 078/05/2016



Gong Minzy’s Shot At Solo Stardom



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The 7th edition of the annual Teenage Dance Challenge opens the dance floor to two main categories – Rookie and Open – where contestants will battle it out, street dance style. In addition, we are introducing ‘K-pop Dance Cover’, a new category which allows K-pop enthusiasts to bring their favourite choreographies to life!

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StreetDance Groove along to R&B or show us your best hip-hop moves in English and/or K-pop Rookie Category: 13 to 16 years old Open Category: 13 to 25 years old Song criteria: English and/or K-pop

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Contents Lifestyle 8 Hot Picks 10 What’s Trending? Stay on top of the biggest trends from the first half of the year 12 Ice Ice Baby Chill out in the heat with these frozen treats 16 Time Killa Passing time has never been easier with these addictive apps 18 Best Dad Ever Thank the #1 man in your life with our curated picks


Beauty 22 Beauty Hot Picks 24 Cray For The Summer Channel your inner unicorn with these shimmery makeup looks 28 Sweet Life, Sweet Dream Learn expert beauty tricks from ETUDE HOUSE global makeup artists, Dave and Daniel Kim



Fashion 30 The Tourist Floral prints and bold colours take centre stage in tourist fashion 38 Stars Of The Summer Shine the brightest with these celebinspired looks 42 Summer Fever Get prepped for fun in the sun with these summer essentials


Cover Celebs

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43 At A Glance We recap our cover girl’s career in numbers 44 One Woman Show A front row seat to Minzy’s evolution from K-pop princess to full-fledged solo star 48 It’s Popcorn Time All the blockbusters to have on your screen radar this June 52 Colour Us Styled Did Harry Styles’ wildlyanticipated debut live up to the hype? 54 Melodrama Queen What has Lorde been up to during her four-year hiatus? 55 Fully Loaded Singapore’s fab foursome, The Sam Willows, is just as awesome on their own 56 All Hail Halsey How Halsey became our new queen of the Badlands 57 Ain’t It Fun We rank Paramore’s best music videos to date 58 Dua’s The One Which tracks impressed us the most during Dua Lipa’s exclusive showcase in Singapore? 59 Glory Days Relive Britney Spears’ most iconic moments throughout her phenomenal career 60 Bromance In The Air Forget friendship goals – Bii and friends are the definition of bromance goals 62 Oh Hot Jams! We’ve got your perfect summer playlist covered 67 Dollar Dollar Bills, Ya’ll! Find out which part-time job you should try this summer


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70 June Holidays, Sorted! Make the most out of your holidays with our comprehensive to-do list 74 School’s Out, Chill Out Take a break from your busy routine with these Kaplan-approved tips 76 Crash Course This Expand your worldview by brushing up on your basics 78 I Am Your Father Because traditional Father’s Day greetings just don’t cut it anymore 79 What’s Your Favourite Vacation Memory? Six Singapore Polytechnic students share with us their best vacations ever 80 Bright Beginnings Be inspired by the stories of these students who found their true calling at SP 82 Third Wave Kopi Millennial lady boss Faye Sai dishes on keeping her love for kopi alive 84 A Dog’s Best Friend Caring for dogs isn’t just all about warm cuddles and belly rubs

Inside Scoop 5 Ed’s Note 6 Your Say 64 Radar 66 Calendar 86 Astroscoop 88 Snaps

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Ed's Note Hey everyone, Another year, another summer – can you believe it’s already June?

For those of you going on school

break, it’s even more important that you make this month-long holiday the best one yet, because time

really flies when you’re having fun (I would know). To help you make the most of June, we’ve put together the ultimate

hit-list; from icy treats to beat

the heat (p. 12), crazy unicorn

beauty trends to try (p. 24), to a comprehensive guide of where to go and what to do. We even recommend addictive apps to download – there won’t be a spare minute of boredom for sure. With that being said, use your

holiday wisely. Whether it’s scoring

a part-time job (p. 67) or catching up on all the entertainment

you’ve been missing (from p.43),

you’ll definitely be kept busy.

Thus, remember to allocate time to

rest, rejuvenate and recharge. After all, that’s what school breaks are for. Till the next issue,


When I first came across slime videos on Instagram, I didn’t understand the fun of playing with these putty-like, crunchy-sounding blobs, until I got my hands on some. There’s just something strangely appealing and therapeutic about playing with (and making) them – it’s an audio-sensory experience from the first squish. But as I’ve realised, you either hate it or love it, and I’m definitely a fan.


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Ice Ice Baby Baby it’s hot outside – get yourself a dose of these frozen treats! By chew hui ling

Kanemochi Bugis+ #02-50, Singapore 188067

Not only is Kanemochi Halal-certified, it’s also gluten-free which makes it perfect for vegans!

What’s better than mochi and ice cream? Mochi ice cream! Enter Kanemochi, the Bangkok-based establishment well-loved for its bite-sized array of soft, pillowy mochi loaded with your favourite ice cream flavours – from the classic Mint Chip and Korean Banana Milk ($2.30), to the premium Cookies & Cream and Thai Iced Tea ($2.60). It’s good enough on its own but you can also choose to complete your mochi with one of the dessert sets, whether you prefer it served with Belgium waffles ($9.80) or fancy an extra dose of fondue goodness ($10.80). Our favourite combo: the Waffles Fondue Set ($18.80) because why not have the best of both worlds?


Patbingsoo Korean Dining House Plaza Singapura #B2-47, Singapore 238839 While there’s no lack of Korean dessert houses in Singapore, Patbingsoo Korean Dining House is hard to beat when it comes to the variety of bingsoo (shaved ice) options available. Look forward to a delicious assortment of innovative flavours such as the Sinsa Patbingsoo ($14.90), served in half a rockmelon and accompanied with a delightful medley of red beans, nata de coco and corn flakes; and the ultimate show-stopper of the Bibim Patbingsoo ($11.90), a sweet take on the traditional dish topped with a sunny side-up cleverly replicated with a peach for the yolk and vanilla ice cream for the white. Aside from bingsoo, it also offers a wide selection of savoury items such as the signature Rolling Cheese Pork Ribs ($38.90) featuring juicy pork ribs coated in grilled cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Mashiseoyo!

Named after the metro stations in Seoul, these bingsoo creations take you on a gastronomic journey from Myeongdong to Dongdaemun, Gangnam to Itaewon. Even the exterior is constructed to echo the train concept!


Gift Guide

Machine Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch, $289, Fossil Svenska Hem Hour Glass, $16.90, kikki.K

8 Ball Cufflinks, $29.90, Benjamin Barker

A4 Felt Compendium, $74.90, kikki.K

He Means

Windowpane Checked Suit Blazer, $179, ZARA

Business Chic essentials to please even the most workaholic of dads

American Crew Pomade, $36

Leather Croc Bow Tie, $26.90, Topman

Tee-Saurus Office Buddy Sketchpad, $18.90, Naiise

Stripe Tie, $45.90, ZARA Cognac Cardholder, $14.90, Charles & Keith

Klaus, $189, ALDO

Embossed Leather Laptop Briefcase, $189.90, Pedro


Camouflage Print Sneakers, $59.90, ZARA

Beoplay P2, $259

1977 Cologne For Him, $38.93, American Eagle Outfitters

Clinique For Men Aloe Shave Gel, $32


Warrior Cool gear for the rad dads who live for the weekends

Stripe Pattern Cotton Shirt, $59.90, Mango

GoPro HERO5 Black, $640

Misfit Ray, $149.70

FUJIFILM instax SQUARE SQ10, $499

BigMouth Inc Game Over Mug, $22.41, Naiise

City Backpack, $82.30, Herschel Supply Co. Marble '50s Style Sunglasses, $26.90, Topman



styling and Art Direction: Johanna Teo Model: Margaux B/Ave

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


Cray For The Summer

Tis’ the season to go crazy on your makeup looks – unicorn eyes, intergalactic freckles and all. By johanna teo

Eye Am A Unicorn



Befreckled Space Princess



ON HIM, Printed shirt, $69.90, Pink slim fit chino shorts, $56.90, TOPMAN, Burnt orange tee, $39, H:Connect, HERSCHEL bumbag, $79, BIRKENSTOCK milano sandals, $188, STAR 360, Sunnies and socks, stylist’s own ON HER, Cobalt blue nylon parka, $99.90, Bershka, Gingham skirt with frills, $55.90, Pull & Bear, Disney Minnie Mouse Loves Dots shoulder bag, $29.90, UNIQLO, Converse X Andy Warhol floral high-top sneakers, $69, STAR 360, I Heart SG tee, Black visor, Camo carry-all and socks, Stylist’s own




Summer Fever Gear up for some fun in the sun with these summertime essentials! By chew hui ling

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1 Pineapple coin purse, $17.90, Pull & Bear 2 Baywatch Swimsuit, $45.90, Zara 3 Sony SRS-XB10 Extra Bass Portable Speaker, $79 4 Lolly Rounds Sunglasses, $26.90, Topshop 5 Hat with Embroidered Slogan, $39.90, Zara 6 Uniqlo x Princesse tam.tam Sandals, $14.90, Uniqlo 7 Strawberry Donut Float, $38.61, Naiise 8 Garmin Vivosmart HR+, $299, LAZADA 9 Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF30, $36 10 ORBIS Sunscreen on Face Moist SPF34/PA+++, $18 11 Bing Bang Sunglass Case, $6.95, Typo 12 Original & Mineral Mini Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray, $15


At A Glance

Minzy 2NE1's maknae no more, 23-year-old Minzy is striking it out on her own. Here's all you need to know about this solo superstar. Joining YG Entertainment when she was only in

th grade, Minzy was a trainee for

5 years before debuting as part of 2NE1 in 2009. A filial daughter, Minzy was revealed to have bought a house as a present for her mother when she was only 19 years old!

A year after parting ways with 2NE1,

Minzy dropped her solo debut EP

Minzy Work 01 Uno

Kick-starting her very own dance studio, Millennium

– it has since clinched the spot on the iTunes K-pop album chart in the United States, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore and more!

Dance Academy in

The MV for her lead single

2015, it has since

‘Ninano’ has surpassed over

become a force on Instagram with over

3 million views on

YouTube – an incredible debut feat for a K-pop solo act!


She’s totally girl crush material – even TWICE’s Momo and fellow

sister’s Slam Dunk 2 member

Somi are fans!


To celebrate her album release, she started a global crowdfunding project which raised over


surpassing her goal by

227 %

*All facts accurate at time of print



24 JUN DreamWorks Day Run 2017

Don’t miss your chance to meet your favourite DreamWorks characters at the first ever DreamWorks Run in Asia! Spend quality time with your friends and family as you take a journey through Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage, all while having loveable character mascots cheer you on! Tickets from $55,


3 JUn Pentagon First Showcase In Singapore These guys may be new to the music scene, but don’t underestimate this South Korean boy band! Debuting last October, PENTAGON’s first solo concert in Seoul was sold out within eight minutes of the sale, which is no mean feat considering their rookie status. Coming for their first showcase here, we can’t wait to see what the boys have in store for us! Tickets from $168,

5 Jun Happy birthday Yoo In Na!

9 - 10 Jun Danz Up 2.0 A revamped version of the street dance theatre hit that sold out 10 shows at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, immerse yourself in a spectacular dance-off as 20 dancers showcase their best moves across all dance genres. With high-octane energy and feel-good vibes, the performers will inspire you to get out of your seats and get movin’! Tickets from $32,

Get your adrenaline pumping and hearts racing with these events that are set to sweep you off your feet!

10 Jun - 22 Jul Chef: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab A theatrical show about a cooking competition, this act packs more choreography and madcap antics into the 2011 original Bibap. Get bowled over as you witness the exciting competition between Korean and Singaporean chefs. With performances by local celebrities Jayley and Hayley Woo, the live beatboxing and b-boying performances will keep you on the edge of your seats! Are you #TeamBibimbap or #TeamChilliCrab? Tickets from $38,

17 Jun

UFC Fight Night Singapore

Holding its first live event of the year right here on our shores, fervent fans of the UFC will get the chance to witness more thrilling MMA action as renowned athletes from around the world compete against each other in a bid to come out on top. Anyone else can’t wait to see Holly Holm take on Bethe Correia in the legendary Octagon? Tickets from $58,


17 Jun Bii With You Live In Singapore Come join KoreanTaiwanese heartthrob Bii at his first music showcase of the year, a prelude to his debut large-scale concert in Taipei. Expect an evening of live performances and interactive games – customised by Bii himself – for fans who want a chance to get up close and personal. Talk about dedication! Tickets from $78,

18 Jun Happy Father’s Day!

30 Jun FLOW - A DJ’s Story Of KoFlow A household name within the local nightlife scene, DJ KoFlow made the decision to venture into the hip-hop industry in the late ’90s. But just what did he have to endure on the way to getting his big break? With special appearances from ShiGGa Shay, Radikal Forze and more, witness the story of how a young boy shattered expectations and came into his own during the search for his identity. Tickets from $40,


Dollar Dollar Bills, Y’all!

a budding barista or a wannabe fashion icon? take this quiz to figure out your perfect part-time gig. By Germaine Cheah

1) What do you want to get out of a job?

a. Building up your networking skills b. Stepping towards your dream career c. Being able to work on what you’re passionate about d. To cultivate your love and passion for the field 2) What’s your ultimate summer jam?

a. ‘Green Light’ – Lorde b. ‘It Ain’t Me’ – Kygo, Selena Gomez

c. ‘I Feel It Coming’ – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk d. ‘Something Just Like This’ – The Chainsmokers, Coldplay

4) What’s your favourite television series?

a. The Flash b. Supergirl c. Riverdale d. Young & Hungry

3) What’s your summer highlight?

a. Fun in the sun at the beach b. Flaunting your newest summer outfits c. Catching up on your favourite reads d. Expanding your palate with new cuisines

5) What would your friends say is your best quality?

a. Your free spirit and thirst for adventure b. Your spontaneity and willingness to try new things

c. Your empathetic nature and great advice d. Your charisma and great taste in food 6) Describe your perfect summer activity.

a. Savouring the best brews at a cafe b. Scouring through malls for the trendiest threads c. Chronicling your daily adventures in a journal d. Trying out new baking recipes











(Brooklyn Beckham) As a coffee lover, you know the importance of a good cup of joe. Couple that with your love of interacting with others and you’d be the perfect fit as a barista. Don’t worry if you don’t have the experience, there are plenty of cafes that allow you to learn on the job – if Brooklyn Beckham can do it, so can you!



Retail Sales Assistant

Journalism Internship

(rihanna) Aspiring to be like style icon RiRi, you’re always up to date with the season’s latest trends, and the one your friends turn to for fashion advice. As such, a gig in retail is right up your catwalk. It might not be as glamorous as sitting front row at Fashion Week, but hey, at least you’ll still get to work in a shopaholic’s paradise!

(Lily Collins) As a natural wordsmith, your journal has seen its fair share of well-versed poetry and prose – so why not turn your keen eye for detail and love for storytelling into something bigger? Go ahead and channel your inner Lily Collins at a coveted internship at your local magazine, ‘cause it’s time to share that gift with the world!



F&B Service Crew

(Harry Styles) From the latest food fads to the best cafes and restaurants around town, you’ve got it covered. As a selfproclaimed foodie, you’d enjoy working a job that puts you around tasty cuisine every day, just like Harry Styles who worked at a bakery before his 1D days!


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Bright Beginnings

Yet to figure out where your passion lies? Be inspired by these Singapore Polytechnic (SP) students who have found their true calling via the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE).

Tay Zhi Zhong (third from the left) from the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) with his coursemates at the Freshman Orientation Programme. Zhi Zhong is one of 13 students who entered DADP via EAE.

With an avid interest in acting since secondary school, Zhi Zhong was determined to pursue his passion and put it to good use. The opportunity came when the Jurongville alumni learnt of SP’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) through his seniors. After researching more about the course and finding out that he was eligible for EAE, Zhi Zhong became certain that DADP was his diploma of choice. Initially skeptical about his odds of being accepted due to the strong competition, Zhi Zhong received encouragement from his teachers and peers, and thus persevered. As part of the EAE assessment requirement, the budding actor produced a one-minute selfintroduction video and was then shortlisted for an interview. His efforts paid off. Now, Zhi Zhong is a proud student at DADP! Zhi Zhong’s EAE application tip: “The process will seem intimidating and cumbersome at first, but everything will definitely be worth it in the end when you receive your letter of acceptance! Besides, you will never know if you never try, so just go for it! ”





Being a foodie since young, Pei Xuan has always been fascinated at the wide array of products filling the supermarket aisles, often wondering about the origins and science behind food manufacturing. Thus, when she discovered the Diploma in Food Science and Technology (DFST), she decided that it was the course for her and went straight for EAE. After ample research about the course demands and future job Teo Pei Xuan prospects, Pei Xuan came adequately (second from the left, prepared for the written essay standing) and test and subsequently aced her her Diploma interview. The entire EAE application in Food was a breeze – it was straightforward Science and and the instructions for submitting Technology of documents were clear, which (DFST) coursemates! made the process a lot smoother. Pei Xuan is And look how far it has brought her! one of the 11 students who entered DFST via EAE.

Marc Wong from the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) at SP’s Aerohub. Marc is one of the 13 students who entered DARE via EAE.

Marc’s EAE application tip: “If you have a definite course in mind, apply for EAE and show the interviewers your interest and aptitude, as well as the reason they should choose you over the other candidates!”

Pei Xuan’s EAE application tip: “Be sure to rank your choices after thinking through it thoroughly as it may affect your chances. Note that there will be two rounds of selection as well!”

Marc’s exposure to Aeronautics was at six years old when he attended his first ever RSAF Airshow. Since then, the St Patrick’s alumnus knew that he wanted to be an aerospace engineer. When he visited SP’s Parents’ Forum while studying for his O-Levels, he already had his sights set on the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and spared no hesitation in applying for the course through EAE. It was nerve-wrecking, to say the least – but Marc saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, making sure to build on his knowledge about SP and the course he was applying for. Despite being wellprepared for the test and interview, he couldn’t help but fret about the results throughout the two-month waiting period. Thankfully, all his worries were put to rest when he received his letter of acceptance, and the rest is history.

EAE, formerly known as Direct Polytechnic Admissions (DPA), is an admissions exercise for students to apply and receive conditional offers for admission into polytechnic based on their aptitudes and interests, even before they sit for their O-Level exams! EAE in a nutshell


EAE applications open 22 June 2017. Selection and assessment for EAE will be based on submission of portfolios, interviews and aptitude tests, where relevant and appropriate. Log on to the SP website at to find out more! You can also search for #SPEYE on Instagram to have a peek of campus life at SP!



What was your dream job growing up? For many, professions like teachers, lawyers and doctors might be seen as lucrative careers, but there’s also a handful of aspiring entrepreneurs who are taking the leap of faith into F&B. Along with older brother Jack and twin sister Anna, Faye Sai represents the boom of third-generation ‘hawkerpreneurs’ brewing up a storm in the local kopitiam scene. “I’ve always seen myself as a hawker,” says the 29-year-old, who gave up a degree to take over the Sai family’s 82-year coffee shop heritage. With a humble coffee sock in hand, Faye serves up authentic kopi brews and artisanal toasts with her own innovative twists – creating modern flavours inspired by their travels. Ahead, the feisty university graduate dishes on taking the plunge into hawker life and how she’s keeping the tradition alive. What led you to becoming interested in coffee? I started helping my dad when I was 19. It didn’t take me long to realise that I enjoyed the craft and wanted to pursue it as a career. At that point, he was against it and urged me to get a degree and gain work experience. And since I decided that I’m eventually going to take over the business, why not learn a different side of coffee? Thus, I worked parttime at a cafe and also volunteered for the World Barista Championship to learn more about the specialty coffee scene. Taking that knowledge with me, I was able to innovate our offerings by coming up with interesting flavours like sea salt caramel and pumpkin spice mocha.

third wave


From a part-time barista to a full-time kopi hawker, Faye Sai is one-third of the millennial sibling trio behind Coffee Break. We speak to the 29-year-old lady boss on taking the road less travelled and beyond.

Do you face any pressure continuing the legacy of your family business? Definitely. It was an obstacle to get regulars for ourselves because there’s always the expectation

By chew hui ling


whether the coffee we make will match up to our dad’s. Of course, he’s still around to help us grind the beans and blend our coffee – which is why you wouldn’t be able to find the same taste anywhere else. But we take a lot of pride in our quality and make sure people enjoy their experience here.

Photos: faye sai

What’s your role in the business? My dad’s still involved in the back-end stuff, but the three of us play according to our strengths. I deal with the marketing aspect as I majored in it – and that was something I chose because I knew it would come in handy. Jack has an impeccable taste palate hence he’s in charge of research and development, while Anna manages the dayto-day operations. What are your thoughts on the current crop of young hawkerpreneurs? It’s a competitive scene as there are always young hawkers popping up, but it’s also heartening to know that people of our generation don’t mind the hard work and dare to go out of their comfort zone. The rent may

be high, hours long and labour hard to find, but it’s enjoyable as you get to interact directly with customers. What’s your stand between taking a stable job and pursuing a career you’re passionate about? Because of the education we’re entitled to and the way our society has evolved, people no longer view money as a priority in today’s generation. There’s always a trade-off – for us, we chose to give up a high salary for a career that satisfies. There’s no right or wrong; ultimately it all boils down to what suits you best.

Have you ever thought of how life would be like if you took a different route? Sometimes when it gets overly draining, you tend to question yourself whether you’ve made the right choice. I could’ve gotten a comfortable job with a steady paycheck, but I’m glad I took this path as it gives me a lot of opportunities to learn more about myself. Back then, I took a diploma that wasn’t a great fit so I switched over to business management in university which I genuinely enjoyed and am now able to apply back to the business. I can’t say everything fell smoothly into place for me, but I’m lucky in a way because it allowed me to try different things and figure out what works for myself. Any word of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? Be open to trying new things and don’t be afraid of failure. At the same time, always have a backup plan so you can have a safety net to fall back on. What are your plans for the future? Within the next few years, we will be focusing our efforts on stablising our current three outlets. We also plan on venturing into online retail sometime next year so customers abroad will be able to purchase our products easily.

How did the people around you react to you becoming a hawker? I usually face mixed reactions, but that was in the beginning when nobody really saw being a hawker as a viable career. My friends have always been supportive, Coffee Break is but my mother is still located at Amoy Street very apprehensive about Food Centre, Buona Vista it. She’s seen our dad and Raffles Place. slog it out in the past Like them on Facebook and was reluctant to (@coffeebreaksg) for see us suffer like he did, more kopi-licious even more so when it’s updates! all three of us!



Happy Birthday – gemini –

21 May – 20 Jun Beware, Gemini! While the previous months have been rather smooth-sailing, you may find yourself hitting some stumbling blocks this June. Take heart, as an unlikely acquaintance will soon come to your aid. You may start out wary, but keep an open mind and don’t shy away from the kind gesture. And who knows, you might even get a new friend out of it too!

– Libra –

– Cancer –

21 Jun – 22 Jul Lucky you, you could be embarking on your first solo trip this year! Although you have everything mapped out, unforeseen circumstances may force you to venture off the beaten path. While it may be frustrating to have your plans come apart, these challenges could very well help to enrich your trip further, so don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.

– Scorpio –

23 Sep – 22 Oct

23 Oct – 21 Nov

As much as you love being at the centre of attention, you can’t help but feel worn out from your jam-packed social life. Ditch partying all night for some much-needed downtime – whether it’s pampering yourself with an R&R session, bunkering down with a good book, or just being a couch potato, it’s time to slow down and focus on yourself. You deserve it!

Being the friendly Scorpio you are, you wouldn’t hesitate lending a helping hand whenever your loved ones are in need. However, keep an eye out for people who are simply milking your generosity. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to please others, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself when you feel taken advantage of.

– Aquarius –

– Pisces –

20 Jan – 18 Feb

19 Feb – 20 Mar

Come June, the holidays will be an excellent time for you to unleash your inner brilliance and welcome new opportunities – be it taking on a new leadership role, helming a school project or even scoring that coveted internship gig. Stay focused on your goals and you’ll be ready to ace anything that comes your way. The odds are in your favour!

Yikes, it seems like tension with a close friend has caused conflict within your inner circle. If trouble has been brewing for a while, don’t wait until it spirals out of control to tackle the situation. Addressing it ASAP will prevent it from snowballing into an even bigger problem – you never know, it may turn out to be a total misunderstanding!


– Leo –

– Virgo –

23 Jul – 22 Aug

23 Aug – 22 Sep

Although you’re the type of person who works best on your own, the ever-growing workload on your plate has been weighing you down and leaving you burnt out. Never feel ashamed to ask others for help – you have a great support network that’s more than willing to share the responsibilities with you. That’s what friends are for, right?

Stuck in a rut recently? Feelings of uncertainty have been plaguing you for the past few months and a reality check is in order. Rather than dwelling on it, looking at things from a fresh perspective may help to set you back on track. This June, take the time to indulge in some self-reflection and re-evaluate your priorities – it’ll do you a world of good!

– Sagittarius –

– Capricorn –

After a lot of hard work and a bit of good fortune, your efforts have paid off and your bank account has finally seen an increase. While you may be tempted to splurge on shopping sprees, go easy on the merrymaking and be mindful to keep your expenses in check. You wouldn’t want to go back to worrying about your funds so quickly!

Nostalgia comes knocking this month. Instead of being trapped in the past, see it as an opportunity to move towards your future. If you’re still struggling to let go of the memory, focus your attention on picking up a hobby, helping out a cause or making new friends. Surrounding yourself in good company will help to take your mind off things and let time heal your wounds. Stay strong, Cap!

22 Nov – 21 Dec

22 Dec – 19 Jan

– Taurus –

– Aries –

20 Apr – 20 May

Feeling bogged down by June blues? While a weekend respite from the fray will help to clear your head, decluttering your life will help to put you in a better state of mind. Be it getting rid of old threads in your wardrobe or cutting out toxic friends from your circle, you’ll feel like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulders after doing so!

After a busy first half of the year, getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is at the top of your to-do list. Whether you’re taking a trip to your favourite vacation spot or embarking on a solo expedition, there’s no better time to fuel your wanderlust. Start making plans for your getaway, because it’s gonna be a wild one!

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