Author: Julian Wong

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If you’ve walked past Habitat by Honestbee, you might have noticed the funky artwork on three of its walls. You may have also seen the animation at jD Sports’ flagship store in ion Orchard. But do you know who the mastermind behind these beautiful artworks is? Meet Deon Phua, Kevin Too, Russell Ong and Lydia Yang, also known as Tell Your Children Studios. Established in 2014, the quartet has done illustrative work for clients such as Funan, ASICS, New Balance and even Uniqlo. I had the opportunity to meet up with these four young talented individuals at their studio in…

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Growing up, Don and I were huge fans of professional wrestling. We would watch our idols like The Rock with his electrifying personality, monsters like the Undertaker with his deathly moves, and high-flyers like Rey Mysterio with his athleticism. As we entered adulthood, our love for pro-wrestling never waned, even when the childhood heroes we grew up watching began wrestling less frequently due to age. Or worst, becoming movie stars. We wondered, if we could ever experience something similar to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) or All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in Singapore? A quick Google search brought us to the…

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Thomson Nature Park opened to the public on 11 October 2019 to great fanfare. Features of the park include the ruins of a former Hainanese village, as well as many rare and endangered species of animals. With so much hype building around how unique this nature park is, I just had to see for myself? What is the difference between this park and other parks that dot this island? The entrance to Thomson Nature Park was by no means accessible. The main entrance is located along the stretch of Upper Thomson Road, in between the Seletar (SLE) Expressway and Yio…

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Pandora charm bracelets may be a girl’s best friend, but things are going to get better once you merge these silver bracelets with a Disney princess who embodies female empowerment—Elsa. Ahead of the second instalment of Frozen, Pandora has collaborated to bring you the Pandora X Disney Collection, a series of five charms that is certain to make any girl feel like a magical princess. These charms can be bought online, as well as at Pandora stores islandwide. The first charm in this series is the Winter Crystal Charm (S$159), which is made of clear cubic zirconia and sky blue…

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Ahead of its voyage on 13 November, IT’S THE SHIP 2019 has announced exclusive festival merchandise in collaboration with Malaysian street fashion label Pestle & Mortar Clothing. This collaboration will include five items, and you don’t have to physically be on the ship in order to purchase them. You can purchase these items on Pestle & Mortar Clothing’s website as well as onboard IT’S THE SHIP 2019. The first item in this collection is the PMC x ITSSG Female Tank Yellow (S$52), a yellow tank top for females inspired by the popular television series Friends. The word ‘SHIPMATES’ is aptly…

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Chiang Mai in Thailand is known for its mountainous landscape and natural attractions, making it the perfect place for people looking to immerse themselves in Mother Nature for a vacation. But instead of staying in the city and visiting these natural attractions, why not take it a step further, and go glamping in nature? At North Star Valley, you are able to do this in their luxurious dome bubble rooms, offering picturesque views of the surroundings during any point of your stay while protecting you from the elements. Room rates with breakfast start at ฿2850 (approx. S$128) for a room…

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Another day, another Pikachu collaboration. This time, the famous mascot of the Pokémon series is teaming up with Singapore-based gaming peripheral brand Razer. This collaboration consists of a yellow mouse and mousepad set, as well as a gaming keyboard. These items have already been released on Razer’s Tmall flagship store on 21 October, and here’s the great news—they deliver to Singapore. The mouse and mouse pad set is available for 399RMB (approx. S$77), and both come in an electrifying bright yellow. The mousepad will feature Pikachu back-facing with his head turned, and for the mouse, instead of the traditional three-headed…

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After watching Jenn Chia’s video on YouTube depicting her experience going without hearing for a day, I was inspired. What would a day without hearing be like for a content creator such as myself? For this, I borrowed a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones from a friend, which comes with a noise-cancelling function. I also put on earplugs to further prevent me from hearing anything. I realised that, even with both items, I could still hear my surroundings, so I downloaded a white noise track on Spotify and put it on an infinite loop. Now, I really couldn’t hear anything…

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As we approach the end of the year, many of us are looking for the perfect vacation spot. However, a trip to the Maldives may not exactly be the nearest, but here’s where I offer an alternative in Southeast Asia. Enter the z9 Resort in Kanchanaburi Thailand, based off  Mount Sinai, the sanctuary that Moses visited to recharge his body and soul. The eco-friendly resort consists of only twenty units, making it an incredibly private affair. All of these units float on the sea, making it the perfect location to relax with your loved ones as you enjoy picturesque views.…

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One of the most popular beauty brands from Japan is collaborating with one of the most popular anime from the country—shu uemera is teaming up with Pokemon to bring you the appropriately named Pikashu Collection. The Pikashu Collection will consist of 22 items, and will be available in Singapore from 1 November. Here are some items that you can look out for in this collection. The Pikashu eye palette consists of nine shades for you to choose from and will retail for ¥7400 (approx S$92). There are a few lipsticks in this collection, and you can have any of it…

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Tattoo collectors, get ready. Malaysia will hold its first international Tattoo Malaysia Expo at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 29 November to 1 December 2019. Tickets can be purchased from ticket2u, at an early bird rate of RM 60 (S$19.56) for a single day pass and RM 150 (S$48.89) for a three-day pass. The first 100 buyers are also eligible to receive a free T-shirt. This exhibition will showcase tattoo artists from all over the world, from countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines amongst many others. Both traditional and modern tattooing will…

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Disney princesses and villains are part of every girl’s childhood growing up. Most ladies probably dreamt of being a princess when you were younger after hours of fairytales. Well, you may not be one now, but Grace Gift, a footwear brand based in Taiwan, has come up with the Princesses and Villains Collection, allowing you to don your favourite Disney princess character— on your feet. Here are some items in this collection. The Ariel Sneakers (NT$1780) are perfect for you if you love the mermaid character. Dive under the sea with these shoes, available in three different colours— white, sparkles…

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As I walked into Nerf Action Xperience, I was greeted by hundreds of Nerf blasters plastered all over the wall. NERF Action Xperience is the latest NERF play space in Singapore, providing fun-filled encounters in multiple-themed action zones. You’ll probably want to come with some friends for maximum utility. My excitement heightened as I glanced over the numerous Nerf merchandise—the inner child in me was about to be unleashed as I took a step closer towards the entrance. I was ready. At Nerf Action Experience, there were four zones which we had to overcome—Conquer, Compete, Create and Challenge. But before you commence…

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While Starbucks may have launched their Halloween Collection a couple of weeks ago, they are unveiling three more drink wares for this Halloween season. These three items are currently exclusive to Starbucks Japan, but will be available in Singapore’s stores from 18 October, while stocks last. The first of the three items is the 12oz Halloween Kitty Mug, which features a witch’s cat holding up two cups of Starbucks coffee. It is yours for S$22.90. The next two items feature a white ghost dressed as a Starbucks barista. On the left, we have a 15oz tumbler (S$22.90) with a ghost…

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Burger King is one of the few restaurants in Singapore who hires individuals who have special needs. In order to increase awareness for individuals with special needs, Burger King is organising a fundraiser for the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), a social service agency providing a unique education for people who are intellectually challenged. Available in white and black colours, the shirts are priced at S$20, of which S$14 (70% of proceeds) will go to APSN. These funds will assist APSN in their programmes to help those with special needs seek employment. You can purchase these T-shirts at…

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