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5 Tips on Surviving the Jungle of Adulthood

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. Welcome to […]

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Architecture

Google got permission to float its internet-beaming balloons over Puerto Rico

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The FCC has given Google permission to deploy its Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico. 

Previously, the helium balloons were able to provide LTE coverage to Peru after extreme flooding. But in that case, Google had already partnered with a telecom provider on the ground, which it depended on to beam the signal to the balloons, for disaster relief.

In Puerto Rico, Google’s innovation lab, X, is starting from scratch. It’s unclear if Puerto Rico’s stressed telecom companies even have the resources to partner with Google on this endeavor.

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Travel

Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

Featuring a wild west-themed break in Spain, a weekend in Budapest, the reopening of Tate St Ives and Singapore flights for £179, our budget travel ideas for October and November have arrived

October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the end of November/early December) but thanks to the city’s incredible thermal baths, Budapest will always be a great destination for getting warm and cosy. It’s among the cheapest city-break destinations in Europe, too, with a recent survey by No1 Currency estimating that a three-day break can cost £300, including flights. A Skyscanner search picked out flights from London to Budapest for as little as £52 return for a weekend in November. Book a stay at a budget boutique hotel, such as chic Brody House (rooms from around £60 a night), and wile away a weekend in the bathhouses. The art nouveau Gellert Baths feels like bathing in a palace and admission is £15, including locker use; massages and treatments start from £15.
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Architecture

This connected tabletop gadget can measure the calories on your plate in 10 seconds flat

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Counting calories from an app can be pretty inaccurate, so this kitchen gadget is set to be a godsend for dieters.

Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic just showed off a prototype of its tabletop calorie counter dubbed CaloRieco.

All you have to do is pop a plate of food into the microwave-sized device, press a button on the lid, and 10 seconds later you’ll get an overall calorie count of your meal. Impressively, it’s also able to deliver a breakdown of your meal into carbs, fat and protein — great for people watching their macros. Read more…

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Business

How Does Volcano in Bali Affect Your Vacation?

A potential volcanic eruption in your destination should deter you from traveling there out of fear of losing your life or facing severe travel delays at the very least. Even if you were to be safe from the magma overflow, volcanic ash alone can also severely disrupt your air travel. As recently as 2010, for example, a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused enormous disruption to air travel across Europe for at least a week. Given this, it’s not surprising that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore issued a travel warning on 23 September 2017, advising Singaporeans to defer their travel to Bali due to the possible eruption of Mount Agung. If you have to cancel your travel plans because of Mount Agung, would you be able to ask for a refund? Your flights will likely be rescheduled or refunded by the airline Good news is that most airlines will be quite accommodating in response to the travel warnings. For instance, Singapore Airlines and Silk Air have already announced that customers traveling to Bali until Oct 2 that purchased their tickets on or before Sept 22 could rebook or request a refund. Other airlines like Scoot (and Tiger Air), Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin have also announced

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Architecture

Discovery of World War II shipwreck ends a 74-year mystery

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For 74 years, the merchant ship SS Macumba lay lost beneath the depths of the Arafura Sea, off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

It was attacked back in August 1943 by two Japanese aircraft, who scored a direct hit on the ship’s engine room. Three seamen were killed, and survivors were taken aboard an escort. 

The ship was left to sink, and its whereabouts remained unknown for decades.

The SS Macumba.

The SS Macumba.

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That’s until researchers from the CSIRO aboard the RV Investigator discovered the shipwreck on Wednesday morning, during a survey of the area. Read more…

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Travel

The best family-friendly museums in the UK: readers’ travel tips

Science, technology, art or history … readers recommend fun and educational museums around the country in time for half-term

The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds does an incredible job of helping kids to understand how lucky they are to have vaccinations, antibiotics and even the basics, such as clean water. It’s a Victorian street complete with smells and printed cards (describing nasties like bed bugs), plus it highlights the horrors of cholera and there’s a chance to pick a character and see whether you survived or not. My 18-year-old daughter is adamant her love of science began there 10 years ago.
Adult £8, 5-16 years £5, family £24.50, thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk
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Architecture

Solar power beat all other energy sources in 2016, but Trump still wants more coal

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Listening to the Trump administration advocate for reviving coal, one might get the impression that a fossil fuel resurgence is taking place in the U.S. and abroad. 

However, the global statistics tell a far different story about where the world is getting its energy, with unprecedented thresholds crossed by renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power. 

A major new report released Wednesday morning shows that, for the first time ever, 2016 saw solar photovoltaics, or solar PV, take the lead for the fastest electricity capacity growth when compared to any other fuel, beating the net growth in coal. Read more…

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Travel

The best towns and small cities in the US: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

In the first of a new series exploring cool US towns and cities, Emma John soaks up the sporting fanaticism, liberal traditions, food and music of a university town where the ‘individual streak still lives strong’

There are plenty of attractive college towns in the US. But Chapel Hill, in the centre of North Carolina, equidistant from its mountains and its coast, blends liberal philosophy and Southern culture in a way that borders on the utopian. From its community-minded businesses and political activism to a music scene that has quietly influenced the global stage, it’s the kind of town that doesn’t need to brag about itself or inspire a Portlandia to know its worth. And that’s exactly why we’ve chosen it to launch our series on the coolest towns and small cities in America to visit right now, which we’ll be unveiling monthly over the next six months.

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Architecture

Stephen Colbert on gun control after Las Vegas: ‘Doing nothing is cowardice’

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On Monday night, Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show as much of his television compatriots did by addressing the shooting massacre in Las Vegas.

And like his fellow talk show hosts, Colbert also called for something, anything to be done on gun control.

“Terrible things happen in the world. Sometimes like today, where we feel things have risen to a new level. But we cannot accept that as the new normal,” he said.

Colbert also challenged Trump to prove himself as a president “who doesn’t care about how things have always been done in Washington D.C.” Read more…

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Lifestyle

New Google Pixel 2 XL leak shows the phone’s front display

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Google’s big Pixel 2 launch is just a couple days away but the leaks just keep coming.

It looks like we can now add the display to the growing list of what we know about the Pixel 2 XL. 

Images of what appear to be both the front-facing displays of the handset surfaced Monday, thanks to leaker Evan Blass. The promotional images show the phone’s front side from both straight-on and side angles.

The side angle is particularly intriguing, given the previous rumors that suggest the phone will have a so-called “squeezable frame” that allows you to interact with Google Assistant by pressing on the sides of the phone. Read more…

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Travel

10 of the best restaurants near New York’s main attractions

It’s easy to grab a burger in Times Square but much more rewarding to walk a block or two and eat well with the locals. We asked our NYC correspondent to choose great places to eat near the city’s major sights

Amy Ruth’s
The south end of Central Park is all tired-looking horses pulling carriages and people riding overpriced rented bicycles. But stroll to Harlem, at the northern tip of the park and there’s a wealth of good food. Amy Ruth’s is six blocks north of the top end of Central Park and offers real southern cuisine. The Rev Al Sharpton, named after the New York civil rights activist, is a $15.50 chicken and waffle feast. For sides, there are collard greens, candied yams and mac and cheese. Open until 5am on Friday and Saturday.
113 West 116th Street, amyruths.com

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Architecture

Balenciaga models wore Crocs on a Paris runway, so you can dust yours off and wear them proudly now

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Crocs (and closet Crocs) fans, it isn’t April Fools’. Fashion house Balenciaga just sent models down the runway in Paris wearing platform Crocs, elevating the polarising squishy foam shoe to new heights — quite literally.

The new, limited edition Crocs will only be sold at Balenciaga stores, and on its website for its spring collection next year.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: A model walks the runway at the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2018 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

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A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: A model walks the runway at the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2018 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

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A model walks the runway during the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.

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Balenciaga’s version of the iconic, often much hated shoe adds a 10cm platform to the base. It also appears to come with Balenciaga-designed shoe charms called Jibbitz, that you plug into the holes on the top surface of the Crocs.  Read more…

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Business

Relax and Reap The Benefits: Ways To Earn Money While On A Holiday

Relax and Reap The Benefits: Ways To Earn Money While On A Holiday Whoever said vacation means no profit is not thinking hard and resourcefully enough! Do not let such people stop you, however, for such a thing is actually doable. And no – it does not require a lot of effort and time. Just know the right websites to go to or the apps to download and allot a little time to plan, and voila – you have profit even when you’re out of town, relaxing and having fun! Rent out your home via Airbnb. Thanks to Airbnb, this does not mean having to go to ad websites only to encounter scary and sketchy folks. Using a home rental service specifically raises the chances of getting a response and a booking because all who visit the website are looking for a house to rent; compare this to an ad website where almost everything is offered or sought for.   Not only does the process get a lot easier, but using Airbnb to rent out your home is definitely more secure. Other than having a customer profile in order to get to know your potential guests, it is also free

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10 of the best railway stations in Britain

Simon Jenkins’ new book tells the history of Britain’s railways through the island’s 100 best stations. We pick 10 gems, from grand old York to a Highland outpost

Nowhere is British railway architecture so honoured as in Huddersfield, one of the few stations fit to rank with the great union terminuses of the continent. Sir John Betjeman declared it “the most splendid facade in England”. The main entrance presides over St George’s Square with a princely confidence, focus of what is a rare survivor of a north-country commercial town plan. Among the fountains stands a statue of Huddersfield’s son, Harold Wilson, looking as if anxious to catch a train.

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns to ‘SNL’ wearing a golf shirt, of course

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Alec Baldwin decided not to retire his Emmy-winning President Trump impression after all, kicking off season 43 of Saturday Night Live with a catch-all cold open that brought The Donald back from his important golf trip to deal with such national crises as … disciplining a naughty little “bad boy” Jeff Sessions.

“Sometimes, when you’re president, you have to make sacrifices, so I skipped the back nine,” Baldwin-as-Trump said, greeting Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, who teed him up with a phone call from San Juan, Puerto Rico’s desperate mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor).

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Fashion

The Airport Outfits Anne Curtis and Jasmine Curtis-Smith Wore For Their Flight to LA

Whether you’re planning a trip or scrolling through Instagram, almost everyone has been out of the country lately. Some are out for work while others are taking a much needed vacation. From travel apps to small bags, we’ve given you some tips and tricks you can use from the airport to your destination. You can […]

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