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Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid: A Complete Relationship Timeline

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It’s been a long road for Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid. There have been highs and lows, on-agains and off-agains.

Throughout all the many iterations of Zigi, they’ve been one of the sweetest — and possibly most gorgeous — celeb pairings ever. 

Related: Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom Relationship Timeline

Join us for a (very comprehensive!) stroll down memory lane as we revisit all of the power couple’s best moments.

FALL 2015: The Birth of Zigi

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Rumors around the couple first started in November 2015. / (c) WENN, Joe, & FayesVision

Just weeks after Gigi broke up with Joe Jonas — and a few short months after Zayn ended his engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards (in rather dramatic fashion that allegedly left her homeless), the rumor mill swung into action about the potential hot new couple we’d come to know as Zigi.

Despite pap pics of the pair hanging out and even holding hands, sources said they weren’t yet an “official” item. 

Gigi later dished to Ellen Degeneres about how the romance began: after meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party, the former One Direction star was supposed to come see her walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but bailed.

The stars managed to align when the couple had their first date a few days later. “We played it cool for about 10 minutes. Then I was like, ‘You’re really cute,’” The model said. “We connected really quickly. We kind of have the same sense of humor, and just started sharing videos.”

WINTER 2016: Pillowtalk

Despite the fact that Zayn went on the record that he and Gigi were “just friends” in January, all evidence pointed to the contrary.

They seemed inseparable as they were spotted out and about in NYC. A pap pic of Gigi proved she had her man’s face as her phone screen, and she celebrated his birthday with an Instagram post that read “ZDAY ?”. At one point, they even seemed to be apartment hunting together.

Of course, there was no use pretending once the lead single off Zayn’s solo debut came out. The steamy Pillowtalk music video featured none other than Miz Hadid herself getting cozy with the singer. The suggestive lyrics had us all imagining the hot new couple in bed all day, bed all day…

If the video wasn’t convincing enough, the couple celebrated its release with a flirty Twitter exchange. 

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Zayn & Gigi gave us all a peek into their relationship with this flirty back and forth. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Twitter

SPRING 2016: Vogue & The Met Gala

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Zayn & Gigi made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala in May 2016. / (c) WENN

In Spring of 2016, the pair left all that “just friends” stuff behind and took things to the next level. After some PDA and pet pics, Zigi proved what a model couple they were with their first-ever Vogue shoot. It was romantic! It was sexy! It was… acrobatic!

Gigi kept stans fed with more adorable Instagrams (and Zayn stepped up his boyfriend game with an amazing horse cake for Gigi’s 21st birthday), but the pièce de résistance was the couple’s red carpet debut on the first Monday in May.

They gave us futuristic chic for the “Manus x Machina” Met Gala theme, complete with metal arms for Zayn. It was the golden — or maybe we should say silver — age of Zigi!

SUMMER 2016: Breakup Rumors

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Gigi quashed any breakup rumors with a PDA-filled Instagram post in July 2016.

In June 2016, Zigi faced breakup rumors for the first — but not nearly the last — time.

The rumors were extremely short lived, however, as the couple was spotted leaving Gigi’s apartment and spending time out in NYC. The model went so far as to publicly declare her love for the singer after he canceled a performance due to anxiety.

“Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being human. … Love you and so proud of you always,” she wrote on Twitter.

FALL 2016: Fashion Weeks

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The couple looked chic in matching black at the Versus Versace show in Fall 2016. / (c) RV/WENN

In the Fall of 2016, the fashion-forward duo made appearances all over the world for various cities’ Fashion Weeks. The stylish couple rocked Versace in London and sat front row for Givenchy in Paris. Zayn flew solo to the Tom Ford show in New York — but only because Gigi was walking the runway.

WINTER 2017:Celebrations

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Gigi posted a sweet selfie for Valentine’s Day 2017. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

The loved-up couple courted engagement rumors in January 2017 as they celebrated the release of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Zayn’s collab with Gigi BFF Taylor Swift) and Zayn’s 24th birthday.

“so lucky to know and love a soul like yours ☄wishing you the best year ever!!!” Gigi wrote on Instagram. 

 

Gigi also courted controversy in February after footage surfaced where she appeared to be mocking Asian people. Zayn was quick to come to his girl’s defense over the accusations of racism. In response to a fan’s query on Twitter, he wrote: “trust me.. she likes asians ;)”

Zayn came to Gigi’s defense when she was accused of racism. / (c) Zayn Malik/Twitter

SPRING 2017: Artist & Muse

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Celebrating Gigi’s birthday in April 2017. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

If the Pillowtalk music video was any indication, Zayn clearly drew a lot of musical inspiration from Gigi. But in March 2017, the model flipped the script by making the former boy-bander her muse. She photographed the popstar for Versus Versace SS17, captioning the pic on Instagram, “My man by me”. 

 

Zigi also spent the spring showing off their sexiness, strolling the City of Love, and celebrating Gigi’s 22nd birthday.

SUMMER 2017: Vogue Cover Backlash

 

Z & G made serious power moves by appearing in a second Vogue shoot — and this time, they made the cover.

There was one little problem, though: the issue was gender-fluid themed, and neither star was actually gender fluid. The mag faced serious backlash for the decision, and ended up apologizing for “[missing] the mark”. 

 

The controversy didn’t seem to worry the cover stars too much. (At least, not any more than normal.) They closed out the summer celebrating the Islamic holiday Eid with both of their families — a HUGE step for the pair. Yolanda Hadid even posted a pic of the couple with both their mamas (above). Adorable!

FALL 2017: Two-Year Anniversary

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The couple dressed up as matching Marvel characters for Halloween 2017. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

The duo got festive in Fall 2017 with complementary (and impressive) Marvel Halloween costumes. Zayn went as Spiderman, while Gigi dressed up as “Spidey’s girl”, aka Felicia Hardy, The Black Cat. 

 

November 2017 saw the second anniversary of Zigi. Gigi celebrated by posting a PDA-filled snapchat with the caption, “2 yrs with my favorite human.”

WINTER 2018: New Ink

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Gigi posted some never before seen pics for Zayn’s birthday in January 2018. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

Gigi posted some never-before-seen pics of the couple for Zayn’s birthday in January 2017, with the caption:

“love this man more than I could ever put into words, & am inspired by his drive to be and do better everyday ✨ cheers to YOUR YEAR my @zayn – happiest happiest birthday & 25th year of life !! I’m proud to be by your side x”

She also posted a “birthday boogie” that turned heads due to what looked like Gigi’s eyes tattooed onto Zayn’s chest. Guess he didn’t learn anything the first time around!

SPRING 2018: The First Breakup

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Zayn posted a statement about the couple’s breakup to Twitter in March 2018. / (c) Zayn Malik/Twitter

The eyes tattoo felt premature pretty fast when the couple had their first official breakup in March.

Zayn unfollowed Gigi and her mom, then posted a confirmation of the split on Twitter (above). Gigi followed suit with her own statement, writing, “I’m forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared. I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for.”

 

And so spelled the end of Zigi… until the very next month, when Z was seen leaving Gigi’s apartment and the couple was spotted piling on the PDA. Like the model said in her statement, “whatever’s meant to be will always be”!

SUMMER 2018: Zigi 2.0

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One of the few Gigi-related photos that survived Zayn’s IG purge. / (c) Zayn Malik/Instagram

Zayn claimed the couple weren’t using labels for Zigi 2.0, but by June they were both back to posting lovey-dovey pics all over social media.

In July, Gigi went toe-to-toe with some trolls who claimed the relationship was fake because the singer didn’t follow her on IG. She shut down speculation with the ultimate trump card: “for someone who is virtually inactive on the app, I don’t need his follow- my eyes are tattooed on his chest.” Oh SNAP!

The duo solidified their reunion by celebrating Eid with Zayn’s family (above). It seemed that Zigi was headed towards happily ever after…

WINTER 2018/19: The Second Breakup

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Breakup speculation began again in December 2018. / (c) Deruel Jessy/News Pictures/WENN

And yet, after a quiet fall, break up rumors started swirling around the pair once more. In December, Gigi chatted about cooking for Zayn for an issue of W Magazine (“My favorite thing with cooking is to always try to make something new. I will ask my boyfriend Zayn Malik, ‘What do you want today?’ and I’m pretty good at pulling it off,” she said).

But by the end of the month, fans were pretty sure the on-again, off-again couple was once again off. The death of Zigi 2.0 was confirmed in January 2019.

SPRING/Summer 2019: Struggling Apart

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Zayn came out strongly in defense of his ex on Twitter in April 2019. / (c) Zayn Malik/Twitter

The second Zigi break up lasted a lot longer than the first, and Zayn did NOT seem to handle it well. That spring he was all over Twitter, randomly tweeting “love you” at his ex (to no reply) and explaining that one of his bracelets was his favorite because Gigi bought it for him. After Gigi was spotted out with pal Samuel Krost, the popstar went on a rant that fans believed was directed at his ex: 

“How about you all go fuck yourselves with your irrelevant bullshit ??”
“This ain’t a place for feelings.”
“And you aren’t the person you said you were,”

The singer later clarified that the tweets were not about Gigi in another expletive-filled Twitter tear:

“To any dumb f**k out there that wants to make they’re own stories up”
“My tweet was not about @GiGiHadid so leave her the f**k alone she is the most amazing woman I’ve ever known”
“And does nothing but love and support me when lord knows I don’t deserve it”
“So if you have anything to say @ me and I’ll put you the f**k straight”
“If you know nothing shut your f**king mouth”

When the model later began dating Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron, Zayn wisely kept quiet on social media.

FALL/WINTER 2019: Reunion Hints

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Gigi’s shoutout to Zayn’s mum had fans speculating the couple was back together. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

Soon after Gigi broke things off with her Bachelorette beau in October 2019, news got out that Zayn and Gigi were “back in touch” and “on good terms.”

Based on the couple’s on-and-off history, it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch to hope for another reunion. In December, Gigi seemed to hint as much, posting an IG story gushing about a recipe from Zayn’s mom Tricia Malik (above). 

WINTER 2020: Zigi 3.0

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Gigi’s sweet snap of her bedside table, including a pic of her and Zayn, confirmed the couple was back on. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

By early 2020, birthday outings and social media posts confirmed that Zigi 3.0 was on! In fact, Gigi’s Valentine’s Day “Gisposable” proved the couple had been seeing each other since at least December.

 

In February, Gigi followed up her iconic “my eyes are tattooed on his chest” with another defense for the history books. When Jake Paul tried to start beef with Zayn after an encounter in Vegas, Gigi clapped back:

“Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly ass. Go to bed …”

Gigi clapped back at Jake Paul in the most iconic way. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Twitter

Paul quickly deleted his tweet and issued an apology. The power of Zigi was stronger than ever!

SPRING 2020: Baby Makes Three

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Gigi posted birthday pics with her man shortly before the announcement of her pregnancy. / (c) Gigi Hadid/Instagram

When the coronavirus crisis hit the US, people were dying for some good news. In comes Zigi: the couple completely won quarantine with their incredible bombshell — they’re having their first child together!

Rumors of a pregnancy spread like wildfire after the couple celebrated Gigi’s birthday in isolation with her family. TMZ even broke the news that the young lovers were expecting a baby girl. The family confirmed the news not long after; Yolanda gushed about becoming a grandmother, and Gigi told Jimmy Fallon:

“Obviously, we wished we could have announced it on our own terms but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support… Especially during this time, it’s a nice silver lining to be able to be home and be together and really experience it day by day.”

With a baby on the way, fans soon began speculating that the power couple might be engaged — and based on Zayn’s new ink, they may be right!

Whatever the case may be, it really does seem like Zigi is meant to be. We’re excited to see what the future will bring for this gorgeous pair and their new baby girl!!!

[Image via Gigi Hadid/Instagram]

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The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses

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When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack

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Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).

It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.

However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.

With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.

Choosing the Wrong Table

Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.

First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.

Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.

Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.

When to Hit and Stand

As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.

One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.

While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.

Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.

When to Split and Double

If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.

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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.

While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.

It is not recommended to split when:

  • You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
  • You are dealt two 9s
  • You are dealt two 5s
  • The dealer holds a 10 or picture card

It is best to split when:

  • You are dealt two 8s
  • You are dealt two aces
  • The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)

Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.

Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.

Conclusion

Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.

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Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students

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The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like. 

Who Are You?

Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.

Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:

  • What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
  • What do you like or hate most about yourself?
  • What is your greatest value in life?
  • What emotions do you express easily?
  • What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
  • Who you want to become in five years?
  • What is your major objective for next year?
  • Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
  • What motto do you try to live by?
  • Where would you like to travel?
  • If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?

Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.

Sentence Completion

Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:

  • Before I came to college, I was interested in…
  • When I was a child, I wanted to become…
  • The best moment I remember most about high school is…
  • My favorite pet is…
  • The things I value most are…
  • Five years from now I hope to be…
  • My greatest personality trait is…
  • My favorite subject at high school was…
  • If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
  • My greatest fear is…
  • After I graduate from college, I…

The Reception Line

You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:

  • Where would you like to travel?
  • What motto do you try to follow?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What music do you like?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • Why did you choose this college?
  • What do you like about college life the most?

Take Sides

You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:

  • Watermelon or banana?
  • Sweat or bitter?
  • Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
  • Partying or hiking?
  • Listen or speak?
  • Rock or pop?
  • Morning or night?
  • Superman or Batman?
  • Robocop or Terminator?
  • Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
  • Los Angeles or New York?
  • Liberal or conservative?
  • American football or ice hockey?

My Most Embarrassing Moment

You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.

These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.

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