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Have you ever wondered what are the must-have mobile apps used by bloggers? Well, we got it all covered for you in this week’s blog. Don’t say we never share!

Since we are often glued to our phones, what’s better than having apps that meet our needs at our very own fingertips? This week, we have 3 bloggersTay Ying, Joyce and Ena Teo to share with us their must-have apps on their phones.


Tay Ying
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tayying_/
Dayre: https://dayre.me/tayying_
Blog: http://tay-ying.blogspot.sg/

 1. WhatsApp – basically my main form of communication because I don’t really like talking on the phone or using iMessage (hehe)

WhatsApp Download: iOS | GooglePlay

2. Instagram, dayre and snapchat – my three main sources of entertainment and where I post my content most!

Instagram Download: iOS | GooglePlay
Dayre Download: iOS | GooglePlay
Snapchat Download: iOS | GooglePlay

3. Gmail – most of the time I’m out and so I tend to check and reply my emails a lot on the go

Gmail Download: iOS | GooglePlay

4. SG busleh – I need to know how long it takes for buses to arrive so that I can plan the best route without spending so much time Travelling

SG busleh Download: iOS | GooglePlay

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Joyce (aka joycesayshello)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joycesayshello/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shoppinglovesme
Dayre: https://dayre.me/joycesayshello
Blog: http://www.joycesayshello.com/

1. Instagram – Instagram is my most used app on my phone after WhatsApp! It is also the app which I use right before I sleep at night and right after I wake up in the mornings. It’s almost an addiction. One of my favourite things to do when bored is scrolling through my following feed because the photos are so lovely to look at!

2. Dayre – Because it is so awesome to be able to update about my day on-the-go and be able to share random/interesting findings. Plus, it is a really the best blogging platform because the community is so positive and encouraging.

3. Snapseed – Don’t know how I can live without Snapseed anymore. The best and most intuitive photo editing app, ever!

Snapseed Download: iOS | GooglePlay

4. Dropbox – My most used app for work. It’s so convenient to transport files from the laptop/desktop to the phone! You wouldn’t want to see the (disorganised and shameful) state of my Dropbox though. Heh.

Dropbox Download: iOS | GooglePlay

5. Uber – I LOVE UBER. It’s a life saver because I can almost always get cabs through this app even when there are no cabs in sight to flag down. Go for UberX because it’s cheaper!

Uber Download: iOS| GooglePlay

Ena Teo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ena_teo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ena_teo
Dayre: https://dayre.me/enateo/
Blog: http://enabalista.com/

1. Snapseed: Best photo editing app! It can brighten dark photos and enhance the colours of dull photos.

2. VSCO: I love the HB1 filter and use it on most of my photos on Instagram

Download: iOS | GooglePlay

3. Instagram: It’s where I upload most of my recent happenings and keep track of memorable events with family & friends.

4. Boomerang: New favourite, love the cute gif like effect!

Download: iOS | GooglePlay

5. Snapchat: Recently addicted to their crazy filters!

Hmmm… Seems like the common must-have apps for our bloggers would be *drums rolls*…Instagram, Dayre, Snapchat and Snapseed! Hopefully this post has given you a glimpse of what are some of the must-have apps for our bloggers. If you are currently not using those apps right now, why not download them and start using?

Now, for the last part.

Good news! TheTinselRack has very kindly collaborated with NuffnangSG to do a TTR totebag and sure-win scratch cards giveaway on Dayre! Hop on over to Dayre NOW to find out how to win! Good luck :)

Do look forward to many more giveaways in the future!

Dayre: dayre.me/nuffnangsg

Michelle Lim
Nuffnang Community Team

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Apart from the usual Singaporean lingo, the Singapore Armed Forces has its own jargon that NS Men use on a daily basis. As we approach the nation’s birthday in August, let’s take a few minutes to learn some of the terms frequently used in the army.

If you are often perplexed as to what your boyfriend/friend is saying, hopefully this guide will help you understand their conversations better.

Impress your friends with your knowledge of army lingo the next time you meet them :)

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1. Wayang
No, it is not referring to the Malaysian/Indonesian shadow puppet show. It refers to those who act good/put on a show in front of their superiors to get into their good books.

2. Arrow
Being assigned to a task – and the tasks usually encompasses undesirable tasks including cleaning toilets to covering for somebody’s work

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3. Eye Power
Every soldier would have encountered with at least one person who uses his eye power – just looking and doing nothing. In simpler sense, it is the bystander effect.

4. NATO (No Action, Talk Only)
Similar to eye power, but this refers to ‘mouth’ power. It is used to describe NS men who is only good at talking.

5. Garang
Overly enthusiastic NS men who are too ready and willing to take on tasks.

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6. Pikachu
No, we’re not referring to the yellow pokemon creature. Pikachu in the army is derived from the hokkien language “Pai ka bai chew”, which is used to describe someone who has suffered from fractures. “Pai-ka” (limping leg) and “Bai Chew” (broken arms).

7. WALI
It refers to NS men who walk around to look important. Hence, the expression WALI.

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8. SOC
Meaning to siam one corner, in an attempt to avoid and to hide from someone (usually superiors) or from taking a task.

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9. Throw Smoke
To deceive/lie, cause a diversion and confuse when the person does not have an answer.

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10. Chao Keng
This term should be familiar to most, which refers to feigning sickness or injury by submitting their polyclinic MC or excuse letter. It is usually done in an attempt to avoid work.

Now that you have a better understanding of the army lingo, go ahead and test your friends to see if they know the meaning of it ;)

HAPPY SAF DAY!

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For more reads, you can also check us out on our Dayre.

 

Michelle Lim
Nuffnang Community Team

DID YOU KNOW: Fiji Island is a country on its own! It is made up of 333 islands, and only one-third are inhabited. Word has it that in Fiji villages, only the chiefs are permitted to wear sunglasses and hats, and the top of their hats are sacred.

A country that is so rich in culture, embodies strong camaraderie among Fijians, and a to-die-for scenery – one can only dream to be in Fiji right?

Here’re our Top 7 Activities for a Dream Beach Vacation – Fiji Edition!

1 . Helicopter tour:

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A backdrop like no other, a helicopter tour around Fiji will take your breath away. These thrilling aerial tours will cover the beautiful islands of Fiji such as Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands with exceptional customer service and safety.  This once in a lifetime experience will no doubt forge a memory that is unforgettable.

2 . Snorkelling

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Sail in the blue lagoon and explore the uninhabited beaches of Fiji Island. Your snorkeling experience will be nothing short of amazing when you’re sailing in the crystal clear Fijian waters.

3 . Quad Bike Tours

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From Mud Slinging to Cultural Discovery, the quad bike tours in Fiji covers an array of activities. Get ready to head up through the pine forests of the stunning Nausori Highlands, with plateaus overlooking the Mamanuca Islands. At the end of the tour you’d probably be covered in dirt from head to toe, but it’s definitely all worth it.

4 . Sky Diving

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Cited on TripAdvisor as one of the most exciting activity to do in Fiji, sky diving is not for the faint-hearted. You will oversee the stunning aerial views of azure waters, pristine reefs and white sandy beaches. This adrenaline-pumped activity will no doubt attract the thrill seekers, and we promise that it will be worth every penny spent.

5 . Fiji Liveaboard Diving

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You have not fully experienced the beauty of scuba diving unless you scuba dive in Fiji. Scuba diving in Fiji is rated amongst the world’s best – need we say more? Besides the commonly seen sea creatures such as turtles, snappers and jacks, you will be greeted with a plethora of other sea animals – most of which you probably never heard of.

6 . Fire-walking in Beqa

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Located just off Vitu Levu’s southern coast is Beqa Island and the surrounding Beqa Lagoon. Beqa island is home to a Fijian tribe called Sawau, who originated the traditional art of fire-walking. Be in the shoes of the locals for a day and experience this unique activity.

7 . Hike the Falls of Taveuni

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Also known as Fiji’s Garden of Eden, Taveuni Island teems with rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns, tumbling waterfalls and natural water slides. Don’t miss out on the Tavoro waterfalls which boasts a 60-foot horsetail of clear waters.

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With our Top 7 Activities to enjoy while on your beach vacation, are you tempted to jet-set off to Fiji yet?

NuffnangSG is partnering with Fiji Airways and 6 Bloggeratis will be flying to Fiji to try out some of the above activities! 

Stays tuned to our live updates on NuffnangSG social media platforms from 29th June 2016 and experience the Fijian life with us!

@NuffnangSG

Dayre: dayre.me/nuffnangsg

Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

Just last month, we were snorkeling with giant clams and soaking up the heat in Davao City with 8 of our Bloggeratis, exploring the eco-adventure side of Philippines.

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Our squad onboard the trip – Mongchin, Juli, Clara, Limaran, Shenny, Keline, Charlene and Jason – will be sharing their traventure (travel + adventure) over the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned for more on each of their blogs.

As for us, we will be sharing the things you might not know about Cebu Pacific and Davao City, so read on!

  1. Be sure not to miss out on the quizzes onboard Cebu Pacific!

Did you know, Cebu Pacific is Philippines’ largest airline that entered the aviation industry in March 1996 and pioneered the “low fare, great value” strategy?

We thoroughly enjoyed our flight on Cebu Pacific Air! We love how the airline embraces the Filipino’s culture of fun through their tongue-in-cheek advertisements, their interesting in-flight games (yes, more about that in a bit) and their pre-flight safety demo – dances that easily capture the attention of everyone on board.

Have you seen their punny advertisements?

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The in-flight games are random quizzes that the crew conducts after the take-off. The questions are usually simple trivia related to Philippines or the airline (e.g. how many emergency exits does this aircraft have?), or sing along contests.

These contests are usually held on international and domestic flights (with the exception of late night flights), so be sure to catch out the quizzes to stand a chance to win exclusive CEB merchandises. It’s always nice to join in the fun to minimize any flight jitters you have!

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Our bloggerati bloggers together with the friendliest crews and the hospitable pilots that flew with us.

We even had the opportunity to take small peek into the cockpit, which was an eye-opener!

CEB currently flies to 5 direct Philippines destinations from Singapore including Manila, Clark, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

Cebu Pacific Air flies from Singapore to the eco-adventure capital of Davao thrice weekly. Lowest year-round fares start from SGD 182. For bookings and promos, check HERE or call +65-315-80808.

2. Designated smoking corners

As a city with strong focus on eco-tourism, Davao prides itself in keeping the city a clean and eco-friendly place by limiting the smoking areas to small designated smoking areas outside public spaces.

Sometimes these small areas are cordoned off using bamboo sticks and ropes, which was an interesting sight indeed.

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A common question asked is why is such an extreme measure taken to prevent smoking? The anti-smoking ordinance was made, to protect public health and ensure that clean air is provided for the citizens of Davao.

Their studies show that many Filipinos have been affected by health problems caused by tobacco, and this number can be decreased by an immediate action of reducing smoking areas.

3. The paradise is VERY AFFORDABLE land & sea activities – 2 days of fun for under $100!

If you’re on a budget but still want to have a go with land & sea activities, look no further! We had so much fun overcoming our fears up in the air as well as deep in the sea in Davao, all at a very affordable price.

Here are some activities you can consider when you’re there:

a) Eden Nature Park

Eden Nature Park is a place for one to enjoy the flora & fauna in the Philippines – butterfly garden, flower garden and spice garden. But the highlight for us was the sky activities they offer – think sky cycling, ziplining and sky swing!

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Eden Nature Park – prices per pax

Guided shuttle tour- PHP 120

Sky Rider- PHP 150

Sky Cycle- PHP 200

Total “damage”: PHP 470 (approx SGD 14!)

Everyone has their individual fears – of heights or water – and this trip enabled us to set our personal challenges and goals through overcoming our fears.

You too can challenge yourself and we guarantee you’ll not regret the sky experience at Eden!

b) “Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour

After our exhilarating sky activities, we had a go with the sea activities.

Home to the marine life, the Giant Clam Sanctuary on Samal Island is an ongoing conservation Eco-Tourism Project which aims to promote biodiversity preservation, education, tourism & livelihood.

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“Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour – prices per pax

Entrance fee- PHP 100

Rental of snorkel gear- PHP 100

Rental of rash guard- PHP 100

Boat rental (up to 12 guests)- PHP 500

Total “damage”: PHP 360 (approx SGD 11!)

It’s a view not to be missed ;)

c) Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours

If you’re up for something more exciting, how does a 40m slide into the water sound? Yes you heard it right, the adrenaline rush down the 40m giant slide at Maxima Aquafun is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

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Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours

Day tour (Adults)- PHP 300

Day tour (Kids)- PHP 200

*includes lifebelt, tram ride, unlimited use of waterslide, water blob, jumping board and canopy walk on weekends

Total “damage”: PHP 300 (approx SGD 9!)

d) Davao Wildwater Adventure

Our last adventure of the trip was white water rafting along the Davao River – a 13 kilometres journey of being tossed around in the raft at rapids and swimming in the calm river.

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Words can’t explain how amazing the experience was.

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Midway through the rafting route, with the majestic sight of Mother Nature before us, we stopped over
at a pit stop for lunch and enjoyed the peace & serenity it brought us.

Davao Wildwater Adventure

Package rate of PHP 1700 per pax (minimum of 5 per group)

*includes transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back), lunch and refreshments, use of paddle and boat as well as Raft Guide

Total “damage”: PHP 1700 (approx SGD 50!)

e. Pressure Points Spa

If you ask us what is the best way to end our bloggerati traventure?

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Nothing better than a pampering massage of course. At Pressure Points Spa, we were warmly greeted by their hospitable service of the therapists and were also spoilt for choices on the array of services they offer.

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Holistic Body Massage- prices start from PHP 500

Foot massage- prices start from PHP 400

*Other treatments including foot detoxification, ear candling, manicures and pedicures start from PHP 200

Average “damage”: PHP 500 (approx SGD 15!)

All in all, the land, sea as well as the relaxation activities will only cost one less than SGD100. Where else can you get such a fun-filled activities at such an affordable price?! Need we say more?

For accommodations, we were treated with great hospitality at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao and Seda Abreeza Hotel Davao, which were both located right next to convenient huge malls.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Our bloggers are having a giveaway where you can stand a chance to win yourself a pair of air tickets to Davao. Stay tuned to their Instagram accounts to find out how to participate in this contest!

Mongchin (Mongabong)

Juli (Bunbunmakeuptips)

Clara (Explodingbelly)

Limaran (Limaranagustina)

Shenny (Shennyyang)

Keline (Urbandollsg)

Charlene (Charlene22)

Jason (Jasonjuliuslim)

Good luck and MABUHAY!

For more visual updates of the bloggerati traventure, do hop over to #nuffnangsgxcebupacific as well as here for the official photos. Special thanks to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Department of Tourism Region (11)- Davao for making this trip possible!

Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

Students probably have a love-hate relationship with the June Holidays. The longest academic holiday of the year, yet you’d be swamped with mountains of assignments and revisions waiting for you because exams happen immediately after.

Then again, taking a break is equally vital as your studies. Here’s what you can do during your June Holidays – whether you’re studying or not!

 

Free-Wifi Studying Places 

Explodingbelly, or Clara, feel your woes of looking for an empty study spot in your regular Starbucks or National Library to complete your tasks.

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A comprehensive list of 23 places to get your work done this June Holidays, Clara included both wifi/non-wifi cafes that you will be thankful for when you see eager students queuing up for a table outside National Library.

 

DBS Marina Regatta 2016

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Singapore’s ONLY urban pop-up beach, DBS Marina Regatta is back with more adventurous and exciting events for you. Catch live dragon boat races and with a lineup of up-and-coming music artistes, the DBS Sound House is perfect venue to unwind with friends over a pint of fresh brewed beer (with revisions under the way, of course. Priorities.)

Admission is FREE but it only spans over 2 weekends, so be sure to head over and have an epic time with your friends.

Dates: 28-29 May | 4-5 June 2016

Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Venue: Promontory @ Marina Bay

Parents, you’d be delighted to know that apart from DBS Marina Regatta, our parenting blogger Kelvin, or more commonly known as Cheekiemonkies, compiled an exhaustive list of over 100 places that you can bring your children to this holiday. Head over to his blog and stay tuned to more of his recommendations!

 

Beerfest Asia 2016

For those above 18, this is for you. Beerfest Asia is back again, bigger and better than before.

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This isn’t your standard beer convention; with over 400 beers to choose from and a series of events lined up for you, Beerfest will be exactly where you need to be after a whole day of revision. Apart from the amazing live music at the background, you’d have a blast with the rest of entertainments such as stand up comedies, sample culinary offerings. All under the spectacular backdrop of Marina Promenade.

If you’re an UOB cardholder, do not miss out on their promotion here.

Dates: 16-19 Jun  (Thu – Sun)

Venue: Marina Promenade

 

Singapore Zoo – Ah Meng Zing Experience 

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Zoos never gets old, do they? With Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) constantly seeking new ways to enrich us more about animals, Ah Meng Zing allows you to learn all about saving animals and conserving wildlife.

Take part in their events such as Zoolympix and making your own animal-inspired crafts. Apart from Singapore Zoo, check out WRS’ counterparts such as Night Safari and River Safari for more activities!

Head over to their website to find out more. If you’re a NTUC, Passion or Safra Card member, you’ll be entitled to special discounts!

 

Safra Punggol Waterway Challenge

After days of revision and hard work on the books, this challenge is bound to pack you with endorphins to power through the studying.

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Ride, run and row along the scenic Coney Island and Punggol Waterway with your BFF or family members – different race formats are available for you to choose from. Head over to Safra’s website to find out more details on the race.

Registration starts on the 29th May 2016, so go register now!

Happy studying, and happy holidays! Time management is key, so do plan your time well and we hope you enjoy the activities suggested!

Christina Lau
Nuffnang Community Team

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