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Wondering how to improve your life, but not sure where to begin? This March, we bring you a slew of programmes to help you get started: learn how you can make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience for your children, go about adopting a pet, and automate your life with Python code.

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In December 2020, Netflix released the dystopian narrative, Alice in Borderland (Japanese: 今際の国のアリス), directed by Shinsuke Satō. For the uninitiated, the live-action series is an adaption of the original manga series written and illustrated by Haro Aso.

The show revolves around three young men, each exemplifying the grim and depressing realities of modern Japanese society. Ryōhei Arisu (or Alice, his alias), is a NEET who spends his days playing video games. Joining him are his best friends, Daikichi Karube, a hot-tempered delinquent bartender, and Chōta Segawa, a timid, mild-mannered office worker.

A mysterious power outage transports them to a parallel…

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When husband and wife origami instructors Mr Leong Onn Seng and Mdm Tan Hwee Ling first joined the Origami Club at Toa Payoh Public Library in 2011, little did they know that they would one day be teaching the art of paper folding themselves.

After the club ceased in 2013, the Leongs decided to conduct their own classes at the suggestion of library staff. Since then, the couple have taught origami at multiple libraries in Singapore, and have no intention of stopping.

Find out what they have to say about their experience volunteering as instructors.

It must have been quite…

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With social distancing measures in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, many seniors find themselves especially vulnerable to a new problem: loneliness brought about by prolonged periods of isolation from everyone else.

Left unaddressed, this lack of human interaction can be extremely detrimental to mental well-being, and can even lead to other damaging health risks in the long run. With Chinese New Year just around the corner, there’s a danger of this sense of loneliness becoming amplified, so here are some tips on how to tackle the problem.

1. Get Talking

Hiding or brushing off uncomfortable emotions may be the…

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At one point or another, most, if not all of us, would have struggled with our mental health. It could have been because of stress faced in school or at work, anxiety about the future, or just an overwhelming sense of dread and fear from all the negativity in the news.

The pandemic has not only brought about a major physical health crisis, it also caused a wave of mental health problems to surface and crash upon the world, with skyrocketing numbers of people suffering from mental health issues.

But in retrospect, there’s a silver lining to be found. With…

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Design is for everyone and inspiration can be found all around us. The same can be said for art and craft projects and materials, too. Think you need a trip to the craft store to get started? Nope!

With a bit of imagination, some practice and ideas, you can create functional and decorative items out of everyday household objects, even ones that may seem to have no further utility beyond their intended purpose. Check out some of these cost-effective materials for your next craft project:

1. Duct Tape

Difficulty level: Hard

I took on the challenge of making a duct tape bag…

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As we gear up to take on the new year, striking a balance between work and play will keep your mind sharp and your focus tight. Seize the day by all means, but also find time to appreciate the small things. This February, we bring you programmes that teach you how to get better sleep, how to appreciate and preserve nature for future generations to enjoy, and how to make use of music — an overlooked component in videos — to tell better stories.

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2020 was far from a walk in the park for many. While there’s no guarantee of smooth-sailing days ahead, we’ll pull out all the stops to put a smile on your face. Earlier this month, we challenged you, dear readers, to recommend book titles that came to your minds upon realising that you’ve forgotten your mask after leaving the house. Here’s a round-up of some of the entries that we think will leave you grinning and some honest-to-goodness synopses if you’re interested in picking up something to read!

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The quest to predict the future is not a new phenomenon. From traditional fortune telling to tarot card readings, there are many ways by which humans have sought some form of guidance or reassurance about the future that lies ahead.

Beyond tea leaves and constellations though, we are often spooked to discover works of fiction that have unintentionally yet accurately predicted the future.

For years, cartoons like The Simpsons have been consistently giving us glimpses of what lies ahead in the near future. For instance, they’ve predicted Disney buying over 20th Century Fox 19 years before it actually happened, faulty…

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The amphitheatre of the Greeks, the proscenium stage on West End, the wayang platform in Singapore — these venues of entertainment where live performances took place were locations that first kept people glued to their seats.

With the arrival of cinema and television, producers and screenwriters began turning to the theatre for inspiration, adapting stage plays and musicals for film and TV. To keep familiar plots fresh for audiences, adjustments were made in every aspect of production, from directorial styles, costumes to soundscapes and special effects.

Fast-forward to the 21st century, and screen producers are still taking a leaf out…

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