Nowadays, whenever you are to scroll through your Instagram feed, you will actually see that the people that you follow somehow seem to be leading lavish lifestyles, with all the new purchases they’ve made or the fancy parties that they attend. Even pictures of food need to be of cafe or restaurant standards, as if hawker fare isn’t good enough to make it onto Instagram. After seeing all these, you’re bound to think that you ought to keep up even though you may not be able to realistically be able to afford such expenses in order to come up with these photos.
But fret not, this article will teach you how to come up with beautiful, atas-looking photos on Instagram without needing to spend a bomb! Also, we have special deals for you, so just read on!
1. The Fancy Cocktail Shot
Recognise this type of photos on your feed, especially after the weekends? A cocktail like this will easily set you back $20 – $30+. While it is perfectly fine to capture a photo like this for your feed if you happen to visit a bar, it’s a different story if you purely want to make your feed more “happening” without actually being happening. Now, let’s take a look at the kind of cocktails that you can easily make at home with just an affordable liquor – Bailey’s, along with commonly found ingredients!
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- 50ml Baileys with a hint of Coffee Flavour
- 25ml espresso
- 2 tsp sugar
- A small handful of fresh mint leaves
- Crushed ice
- 0.9 units per serve
- Pop the sugar and the mint leaves into your highball glass. Then with the long end of a wooden spoon or a thin rolling pin, muddle the ingredients to combine them.
- Pour in the Baileys, add some crushed ice and stir.
- Next pour the espresso shot into the glass, top with more crushed ice and give it another stir.
- If you glass still isn’t full, top it all the way up with crushed ice and finish your cocktail with a sprig of fresh mint.
4 simple steps, with easily found ingredients, and you have yourself a nice fancy cocktail! Now all you have to do is to simply serve it in a nice simple glass and you can have your Instagram-worthy cocktail!
Tempted to try it out? Here’s a deal for you. Giant is having a promotion from 31 October – 6 November for Bailey’s Irish Cream ($55.90) where you will be able to buy 1 and get 1 free!
2. The “I’m Filial” Humble Brag
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Another common trope that you will find on Instagram is when someone purchases an expensive household electronic, such as the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner, or an OSIM massage chair, etc for their parents. And it will be followed by a touching, noble caption along the likes of wanting their parents to have an easier time now that they have grown up, etc. This gives off the perception that you must buy expensive items for your parents in order to be considered as filial. But is this really the case?
What’s the point in spending so many hundreds of dollars for a vacuum cleaner when you still have to do all the work? The true filial piety is to make sure that your parents can safely relax at home and not have to lift a finger with the household chores! So grab yourself a robotic vacuum cleaner that will automatically move around the house and vacuum the place! And the sleek design accompanied with a clean house will make the ideal Instagram photo!
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Just set it down on the floor at a nice angle and snap the photo, followed with a caption such as: “Ever since young, my Mom has been bending her back over in order to keep the house clean. Now that I’m old enough, it’s finally her time to enjoy a clean house without any of the labour.”
The best part? This Harumi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is selling at a mere $79.90 at all Giant hypermarkets from 31 October – 6 November! You can easily buy a few of these cleaners with the amount that is needed to get a Dyson Vacuum!
3. The Expensive Tech Gadget Purchase
From the latest gaming consoles to new mobile phones and huge TVs, people have been making use of Instagram to show off their expensive gadget purchases. Because, what’s the point in spending that huge amount of money but people around you don’t know about it? But hohoho, not to worry if you can’t easily fork out thousands of dollars for that huge TV with the latest technology, because honestly, no one really needs their TV to have the latest technology or the definition so high that you can count each individual pore on the actor’s face. Let’s face it (pun intended), that would just be distracting.
In the event that you really do need to get a TV for your room or even the living room, be realistic and down to earth even if you want to show off on social media. Especially now that Mediacorp channels is switching from analogue signals to digital ones, this is a good chance for you to get a new TV! Take the SHARP Aquos LC-40SA5200X for example.
It has a built-in DVB-T2 tuner that will be able to receive digital signals, Full HD (1080P), with 2 HDMI and 1 USB port, easily able to accommodate your media devices or gaming consoles. It is also 42″ in size so you can easily use it for your living room or even for your own bedroom when you want to Netflix and chill with your other half. ^^ Snap a photo when the TV is set up and is displaying its Full HD goodness in the comforts of your own room, drawing the envious eyes of your followers!
Once again, during 31 October – 6 November, Giant hypermarkets are selling this TV at $379 only, and it comes with 2+1 years’ warranty on the panel. I can foresee that this is going to be the bestseller so better get your hands on it while stocks last!
4. “I’m Secretly Good At Cooking” Shot
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Hoho, our favourite food shots is generally split into 2 kinds. 1 is those that are taken when dining outside, and the other one is those that the person “cooked” themselves. We will be talking about the latter case in this example. Somehow or rather, cooking your own meals is worth showing off too. Maybe because being able to cook an Instagram-worthy dish is something worth praising about.
In accordance to the theme of this article, we will show you a simple recipe that you can prepare at home and then take your own photo to show off to the world that you can cook too!
- Whole fryer chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 pounds, preferably organic or kosher, wingtips removed
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon, halved or quartered
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 10 cloves garlic, peeled
- 8 carrots, peeled, trimmed and halved crosswise
- 1 to 1½ cups chicken stock
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp red-wine vinegar, more to taste
1. Season and stuff the chicken:
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season well with salt and pepper. Stuff with lemon, thyme and half of the garlic cloves.
2. Truss the chicken:
Using butcher’s string, secure the wings and legs to the body.
3. Place chicken in a small roasting pan:
Surround with the carrots and remaining garlic, then add 1 cup of chicken stock. Drizzle with olive oil.
4. Roast the chicken at 425°F (220°C).
(If you are using a convection oven, start at 425°F (220°C) then reduce to 375°F (190°C) after the first 15 minutes.)
Roast until chicken is golden and carrots are well caramelized, 1¼ to 1½ hours, basting with broth and pan juices every 15 minutes for the first 45 minutes. Add more stock if pan looks dry.
5. Let chicken rest:
Transfer chicken, carrots and garlic to a platter. Discard twine, thyme and lemon, and let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
6. Add vinegar to pan juices:
Skim fat from pan juices and discard. Add 1 Tbsp vinegar to remaining pan juices, taste and add more to taste. Serve over the chicken.
Serve on a nice clean plate and tadah, you get a nicely roasted whole chicken to show off to everyone!
The common problems with cooking is that you tend to need various ingredients in order to prepare one dish, and it is a waste of ingredients if you find that you don’t cook often enough. And sometimes, getting all these ingredients may cost more than simply eating a meal outside. But fret not, simple recipes are just a Google search’s distance away and ingredients could prove to be much cheaper than you think if you know where to look.
Giant hypermarkets are selling SEARA Frozen Whole Chicken at 4 for $10! Each chicken weighs 800g so you don’t have to worry that it looks more like a chick than a chicken. Offer is only available between 31 Oct – 6 Nov!
5. “I’m Hardworking” Shot
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Showing off that you’re filial or good at cooking through the final product shot may not be enough. Often, the process must be shown in order to convince others that you are actually the one putting in the hard work! In the event that you’re preparing the chicken as shown above, you must definitely take a selfie or a video of yourself preparing the chicken and roasting it! Or you can follow the above example and teach others how to cook as well!
And for most cooking, you will probably need one of the most versatile cookware out there, the non-stick frying pan. These pans are designed with a flat bottom and rounded sides, which makes them perfect for fast cooking with oils over very high heat. Hence, this pan makes it perfect for you to cook the easy things such as fried eggs, bacon, ham, cherry tomatoes, etc. You can even prepare pasta with a non-stick pan as well!
In the event that you have decided to cook more frequently, then you really ought to invest in a non-stick frying pan. This is regardless if you already have one at home, because there are really times that you find that you might end up having to light up more than 1 stove at a single time in order to be more efficient.
Hence, head over to a Giant hypermarket to get yourself a non-stick frying pan for only $8.90! Once again, only available between 31 Oct to 6 Nov~!
6. “I Pay Attention To My Health” Shot
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Another common trope will be the healthnuts on your feed that will either post selfies of themselves at a gym or at a yoga session. Otherwise, they will then post themselves going through a health cleanse and eating nothing but fruits. The type of photos that I will choose to post would probably lie on the opposite end of the spectrum because meat is love, but who’s to judge if you want to do the same? And honestly, even though people tend to say that it’s expensive to eat healthy, fruits are costly and all that, it’s all about knowing where to find your best deals.
A nice clean bowl filled with pomegranate along with a glass of milk to make a filling nutritious breakfast for yourself. And you will get your followers thinking that you’re so atas to be having pomegranate for breakfast! But little do they know…
Giant hypermarkets, from 31 Oct to 6 Nov, are selling Egypt Pomegranates at $5.90 for 3 from the usual price of $11.85 for 3. That is essentially 50% off, so what are you waiting for!
7. “I Know My Wine” Shot
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Depending on the vintage, Quintessa may include some or all of the five varietals grown on the property: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carménère. 2015 was announced as one to be remembered and expected, packed with bursting fruits and lacy structure. 📷: @winetoursimmag
The above post is the perfect example of a “I Know My Wine” Shot. It is easily one of the most pretentious ones out there, but it’s still effective because somehow, wine equates to class. A post of yourself enjoying wine at home on a rainy night or even during the day depicts the image of you being “chill yet atas”. And if you’re having an expensive bottle of wine, you will of course include it in the image because humble brag.
And of course, you will need to talk about the wine in your caption in order to show that you do know your wines, so here are the more common types of wine:
- Carbernet Sauvignon (Red)
- Merlot (Red)
- Pinot Noir (Red)
- Carmenere (Red)
- Chardonnay (White)
- Riesling (White)
- Sauvignon Blanc (White)
Without going into too much details, the types of wine differ from each other in terms of their depth of flavours, their country of origins and of course their aging process. There is no best wine out there, and expensive doesn’t necessary mean that it’s better tasting since taste is subjective. And of course, for the purpose of this article, no one can taste the wine you’re having through your Instagram post, so whatever you say goes. 😉 As such, there is really no need to invest hundreds of dollars to get yourself a “good” bottle of wine when you can easily do the same with less than $20.
Wines from Vinedos de Chile are going for $15.90 per bottle with a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. If you are curious about learning the differences between each wine type, you can get started by heading over to any Giant hypermarkets between 31 Oct to 6 Nov!
8. “I Woke Up Like This” Shot
The #justwokeuplikethis is often accompanied by #nomakeup, which we all know is a lie. Also belonging to the humble-brag series, where girls (usually) post selfies of themselves lying on their bed in the morning, having just “woken up” but somehow have their makeup and fake eyelashes on. Not to judge, because to each her own, but if you want to post such photos, then regardless of #nomakeup or #iactuallygotmakeup, make sure that your bed sheets are presentable.
Even though the bed sheets are not the main focus of the photo, it will look off if you have obviously dirty bed sheets or mismatched ones. For example…
So yup. And you don’t even need to purchase expensive ones when all you do is just to make sure that they are clean and tidy. And I’m assuming that you can see where I’m going with this…
Yes, likewise from 31 Oct to 6 Nov, Giant hypermarkets are selling House To Home Bedsheets with assorted designs and colours and different sizes at $14.90 each! And best of all, they are going for 1 for 1! So you can do all the #ijustwokeuplikethis posts all you like!
Other than the above, there are many other products on promotion from 31 Oct to 6 Nov 2018 at Giant Tampines, IMM, Parkway Parade and Vivocity hypermarkets! Also, stand to win up to $100,000 at Giant’s Spin & Sure Win wheel! Also, you are eligible for free delivery as long as you spend $200 and above, so there’s no excuse for you to not to get that TV! Check out their website for more details! http://www.giant.sg/spin-n-win
Well, other than the obvious plug-ins, the message of the article remains clear: It is alright to aim to take nice, aesthetic photos to post on Instagram for whatever purpose that you might have. But do not blindly follow what others are doing, and even if others are spending a bomb to portray a lavish lifestyle, you don’t necessary need to do the same. Just make use of a little creativity and you can find way more affordable methods to achieve the same results. Most importantly, to remain grounded at all times and do what is within your means.
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