December 2017


Because on Christmas, You Tell the Truth

Here at Preen, we’re fully aware that adult life doesn’t always go as smoothly (and look as beautiful) as curated Instagram feeds. We all face challenges amidst all the good things. Meet Mikka Wee, a former food editor-turned-working gal in Singapore, who’s about to share all the ups and downs that come with adulting and living. […]

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The best travel discoveries of 2017 – chosen by Guardian writers

This year the Guardian Travel team enjoyed a Hooghly in India, meditated in Bali and hitched a wagon in the Wye valley – among other unforgettable experiences

In the summer, we drove from Naples through Campania and Calabria, then took the ferry to Sicily. Along the way, we broke the journey at fantastic agriturismi and guesthouses but the most intriguing place was EcoBelmonte, Calabria’s only albergo diffuso. This ancient, car-free village was once home to 3,000 people, now there are just 30 permanent residents but, thanks to the painstaking work of Gianfranco Suriano, who grew up there, 14 of the village houses are available for tourists to rent. Clinging to a hillside, invisible from the road but with views over the sparkling Tyrrhenian sea, the thick-walled houses are stacked on top of each other – and linked by twisting alleyways. On our meanderings, we occasionally came across one of the elderly residents, or bumped into Gianfranco’s wife Gabriella, who runs the project. Most of the time we felt like we had the place to ourselves: it was both eerie and enchanting. For relief from the scorching August heat, we drove down the hill to the beach – a long, straight stretch of pebbles shelving into clear water. Returning hot and sandy felt like stepping back in time to a magical village that’s barely changed in centuries.
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3 Investing Tips for Millennials: Start Investing Early, Aggressively and Independently

With rising difficulties in earning an income through employment, an increasing number of people are looking for sources of passive income. Millennials are no exception, as they are facing a rising unemployment rate for college graduates. For instance, the full-time permanent employment rate for NUS graduates have declined significantly since 2013 for a number of […]

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Our favorite books of 2017


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2017 is coming to a close, but if there’s one thing that stands out from this year, it’s all of the great books. 

From poignant, socially conscious YA novels like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas to haunting short stories like Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez, 2017 was a year that shined bright with unforgettable literature.

This week on the MashReads Podcast, we look back and chat about what we read in 2017.  Read more…

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SpaceX caps a record year with 18th successful launch of 2017

 SpaceX has completed its 18th launch in 2017, marking a record year for the private space company. It’s the most rockets SpaceX has launched in a single year, beating its previous best by ten missions. The launch today was for client Iridium, delivering 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for its Iridium NEXT communications constellation. This is the fourth such mission that SpaceX has… Read More


Chris Cornell’s wife posts heartbreaking Christmas video


For Chris Cornell’s family, the holidays will be difficult this year — but as his wife Vicky showed Friday on Twitter, the former Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman is never far from their thoughts.

Vicky posted a video of Cornell with one of his three children that was for a school project “years ago.” She wrote “while the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love.”

Cornell died in May while on tour with Soundgarden in Detroit.

In the home video, Cornell and his son Chris talk about the family’s Christmas traditions like skiing and snowboarding and traveling to Rome, Greece, and Paris. “We spend a lot of time with our family,” Cornell says at the end. “That’s what we like to do.” Read more…

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Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions with these classes, products, and helpful ideas


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New York City, December 21, 2017

★★★★ The sun was making the most of its least, flaring orange in east-facing windows and then making its low way along a cloudless sky. What clouds there were were smaller than the steam plumes from the buildings. People walked by the window of the coffee shop with their eyes full of the light.