Still waiting for a chance to see the newly launched Jewel Changi Airport? You are definitely not alone. Luckily for many of us, thousands of visitors have shared their experiences online so that we may see Singapore’s newest destination through their eyes. There will be plenty more to explore when the Canopy Park — an exciting activity space up on the fifth floor of Jewel featuring mazes, slides, sky nets, and more — opens on 10 June 2019, and we can’t wait. In the meantime, here are our favourite Jewel Changi Airport photos scouted from Instagram and its now-iconic Rain Vortex.
Take in the atmosphere
The Rain Vortex is certainly awe-inspiring, but do take a step back and appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the entire dome itself.
Strike a pose, snap your #OOTD
The Jewel experience is not always just about the scenery and shops but also about the memories you create with your loved ones there. These heart-touching Jewel Changi Airport photos can also serve as an inspiration for your snap when you visit the place with your family and friends.
Challenge yourself with optical illusions
When we go on a trip, we want everything to be in its absolute best. We meticulously prepare everything — even our travel ensembles. But choosing pieces to pack can be quite tricky. It’s hard to switch up your outfits and find accessories to match your destinations and activities. One thing you can do is to accessorise with pieces from trusty hat brands to enjoy your mid-summer adventures while minimising the sun’s harmful effects. To help with that, here’s a list of hats you can bring depending on your trip.
Cross-country road trip
Adidas meets Fiorucci visor, price unavailable (catch them online and at Adidas Pacific Plaza on 10 May)
If you decide to embark on a road trip, then a laidback and comfortable outfit is your go-to. You might think it’s unnecessary to wear a hat when you’re probably going to spend the whole time inside the car, but that’s where you’re wrong. While the roof protects your crown from the sun’s heat, your eyes are still left vulnerable to its brightness. So opt for a funky visor to shade your eyes from the blinding light like this piece from Adidas Meets Fiorucci.
ZARA Raffia shell hat, SGD59.90 (zara.com/sg)
There’s no better way to enjoy the season than going island hopping. While discovering white-sand shores, beat the heat by carrying along your trusty woven hat with you. Choose one like ZARA’s Raffia shell hat. With its shell embellishments, you couldn’t be more in tune with the hot tropical vibe.
Loro Piana Ingrid Multistripes hat, price unavailable
When you go sightseeing around the city, you might want something a bit simpler, something not too huge that would disturb other tourists. If that’s the case, then maybe a straw fedora hat would be what you need for that classic chic look. A lot of hat brands offer the style, but you’ll never go wrong with the elegance of Loro Piana’s Ingrid Multistripes hat.
MUJI OGC Water Repellent Cap, SGD29 (muji.com/sg)
Likewise, if you’re the type who goes on sporty adventures when you travel, opt for something a bit more basic. Aim for a no-fuss sporty look with this pick from MUJI. With this water repellent cap, you'll be ready to face whatever comes your way. Because it comes in universal colours, you can easily pair with pretty much anything.
Enriching heritage tour
LEOWE Paula Bucket Hat Patagonia, price unavailable
Going to heritage sites is one of the most touristy activities anyone can do — but take no shame for that! These locations are around to be explored in their splendour. In fact, you should own that touristy vibe and turn it into something stylish by wearing a bucket hat. Since the piece is back in fashion, various hat brands are most likely offering their own variations of the useful accessory. But LEOWE Paula’s Ibiza 2019 collection offers something unique with this safari-vibe Paula Bucket Hat Patagonia — talk about something fun and interesting.
Complete your travel wardrobe with these sunglasses picks.
The memes are out!
This year's Met Gala delivered a lot of great looks for us to fawn over. But just like any other high-profile event filled with celebs and A-list personalities, it wouldn't be as entertaining without any controversy. However, unlike last year's issues over its religious theme, the drama now focuses on the marginalisation of invited influencers — at least according to YouTuber James Charles.
The 19-year-old social media star and entrepreneur attended the event for the first time this year, donning an ensemble by Alexander Wang. While people were quite unconvinced that James Charles has enough traction to even be at the prestigious event's strict guest list, the look initially sold his case. This was until netizens saw his Instagram post claiming that he was honoured to be a part of "a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media".
He also expressed excitement over being the "catalyst" of such a movement, despite other YouTube personalities Lily Singh and Liza Koshy attending the event in previous years. It's also worth noting that artists like Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and Troye Sivan, who all have been invited to previous and present Met Galas, also have a history as social media personalities. Needless to say, the internet had their field day with Charles' statements and the reactions were priceless.
Reaction to James Charles' statement
First, many were offended by his use of the term "influencer representation," as if it was something as heavily needing of attention like LGBTQIA+ or racial diversity. Even fellow YouTuber Tyler Oakley implied in a joke that maybe Charles thought the letter 'I' in LGBTQIA stands for 'influencer'.
Some were just downright confused with what Charles was saying.
It was even called out for being the "new top privilege."
Others focused on a more comical idea, creating memes referencing Charles' past issue with Shawn Mendes. Charles posted a lewd comment on one of Mendes' Instagram livestreams back in 2018, causing Mendes' to abruptly end the video. While the two reportedly already made peace after the incident, people obviously took Charles' Met blunder as an opportunity to bring the issue back up, knowing that Mendes will also be present at the event.
Harry Styles, who was co-chair in this year's Met Gala event, was also included in the equation as a past subject of Charles' many controversial statements. ICYMI, Charles had to issue an apology after fans called him out for assuming Styles' sexuality. He was also accused of using the former One Direction member's name to cause buzz for a collab.
Charles has not released any direct response towards him coining the term "influencer representation" nor has he revised the Instagram post's caption. However, he did take it to his Instagram stories, as well as his Met Gala video diary, to comment on the 'negativity' surrounding him being invited. He said that it was quite normal and expected that "whenever influencers do something new, people tend to be up in arms about it." No signs of remorse here, by the looks of it!
In conclusion, situations and statements like these clearly fuel the fire on why the term "influencer" is treated with such spite by most people. James Charles does not seem to get the very core of what "representation" means and what it stands for. This is why it is good that even some of his fellow YouTubers, as well as the social media-using masses, called him out on his statement. This gives us better hope that, at least, we're truly getting better at discerning the influencer versus the 'influencer'.
(Cover photo from: @jamescharles)