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You finally have the chance to take a break and contemplate on your life. What do you do? For some, they prefer staying inside the house to reflect but to others, they ponder for long weekend trips and there is nothing wrong with that. If in this case you are looking for exceptional long weekend trips away from Singapore, there are many places in store for you.

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Skip the traditional trip to Bali or Bangkok. These places are too crowded now and overrated. Instead of having some fun, you will just end up getting annoyed of other people. If you want long weekend trips, choose places that are not as popular as Bali or Bangkok. There are many places with unparalleled views and not to mention beautiful diving spots.

So, here are some unpopular places but are equally fun for that long weekend trip of yours:

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  • Bagan: Bagan is a temple town in Myanmar. Myanmar is actually becoming famous now because of its charm which came from its simplicity. In Bagan, you will see myriad of Buddhist temples, pagodas as well as stupas built 11th to 12th centuries ago. It doesn’t end there for you will be treated with a spectacular view from the top while riding the hot air balloon. Best months to visit will be from November to February.

 

  • Kelimutu: Kelimutu is a mountain in Indonesia. It takes a lot of traveling to get there. You have to reach Moni first – the base from which you will start to trek up to the mountain. They say that when you trek a mountain, the view from the top will be nothing compared to the struggles you endured. The view of the lakes from the summit will stun you. Best months to visit will be from July to August.

 

  • Hoi An: Hoi An is a city in Vietnam. This is not your usual city with the hustle and bustle. This city is charming because of its scenic riverside views. The city takes pride in its preserved historic buildings. The buildings will show a diverse mix of Chinese, European, Vietnamese and Japanese styles. If you want fresh seafood and some taste of water sports adventure, you should head to the beachside. Best months to visit are from February to August.

 

  • Kuching: Kuching is a city in Malaysia. This place is easy to access because it is just 2 hours of flight time from Singapore. The city boasts of national parks, cycling and kayaking alongside Sarawak River. The city is famous for its cat statues as well as cafes. There is even a museum dedicated to these feline creatures. Best months to visit are April to September.

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    Reaching for a cup of chai tea or coffee may be your main motivation to get out of bed every morning, but health experts explain that it shouldn’t always be that way. While it can ease your grogginess at work, taking too much caffeine may actually cause anxiety, headaches, irritability and sleep disturbance. Fortunately, there are other ways to wake yourself up minus the caffeine crash waiting to happen later in the day – and those ways are as follows:

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    1. Set a Consistent Sleeping Schedule

    If you sleep and wake up at different times every day, then your body won’t know what to expect. While it’s tempting to sleep late during weekends, try not to sleep much later than normal. Come Monday morning, your body will thank you for it.

    1. Wake Up at the Right Time

    Ever wondered why it still feels so jarring every time our alarm wakes us up in the morning? It’s because your alarm doesn’t know your sleep cycle. There are various sleeping and fitness apps on the market that are designed to monitor your sleep cycle and will gently wake you up with a quiet alarm when you’re at the best waking time of your cycle.

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    1. Exercise for a Few Minutes

    Working out has long been a proven way to boost your energy and you’ll get the most of its benefits by doing it on mornings. Not only will force you to shake off the groggy feeling, you’ll also get to cross out your workout plan for the day. If you couldn’t bear the idea of hitting the gym early in the morning, try exercising at home using some online workouts.

    1. Enjoy a Well-Balanced Breakfast

    You’ve probably heard it countless times but we’ll say it again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a well-rounded breakfast will give you the energy you need to start off your day. So choose a breakfast with complex carbs, protein and healthy fats to keep you full and energized up until lunch.

    1. Breathe in Some Fresh Air

    Rushing straight from bed to work is what will make you feel tired all morning. To keep this from happening, make sure that you spend a few minutes outside to enjoy the fresh air. Some studies show being around nature and spending time in fresh air increases energy in 90 percent of people.

    Waking your senses in the morning is actually pretty easy – even without drinking a cup of coffee. Just put these tips to work every morning and you’ll surely be able to stay awake throughout the day.

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    Without a doubt, an event is something that excites us and we look forward to attending. It is the time when we meet our family members and relatives again including our friends for a whole night of fun and partying. We get to mingle not only with our long-lost friends but also the new ones. We are able to add people as connections in our business networks as well.

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    But if you are the one taking charge and planning the event, it can be a source of both excitement and stress. It truly is exciting to be given such a big honor of planning it. However, it is stressful as well because you will have to make sure that everything should go well. And even if there is a problem, the guests shouldn’t know and you ought to solve it right away. One of the essentials you shouldn’t forget for an event to be considered a success is the best dance music blasting through the speakers during the reception.

    Aside from the awesome food selection, one shouldn’t forget the fact that a way to have a successful party is the choice of music. An event organizer should be fully aware of this fact because sometimes, it’s the music that can make or break the event. Not only does the choice of music help in livening up the atmosphere in the venue but also entice the guests to groove and make their moves on the dance floor.

    There are ways in which you can ensure that you supply the right music for the event. You can hire a DJ to play and mix the best dance music. You can get the services of a local bland to perform songs included in your list or they can also play their own music though you should listen to it first. If you want to save money then you can just create a CD with a mix of some of your favorite songs and dance music, and let it play during the reception to keep the guests entertained.

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    There are other tips that you should consider when picking dance songs or any types of music for your event.

    1. The first tip is knowing what kind of event to be held. If it’s for a wedding event then it shouldn’t be all about dance songs. You should include some mellow songs for all the couples out there. The bride and groom will also take on the dance floor for their first dance. But if it’s for a corporate event, it could be all dance music. You can also consider it being a mix of love songs, mellow rock, and dance music.
    2. If you want the kids and teenagers to have a great time in attending your event, you should consider letting the DJ play the best dance music they can relate to. Of course, kids are very well aware of current songs like the novelty music. Well-experienced DJs already knows what to play during such events wherein kids and teenagers will be expected to attend. If it’s a band then they should be knowledgeable of songs other than the type of music they normally play.
    3. Don’t forget that you should already look for a DJ or a band to play in your event months before. You may come up with a list of DJs and bands you want to hire including their service fee. Make comparisons and check their availability. Uncheck the DJs and bands from your list that already have a gig on the day of your event, and check out others. In addition, make sure that you should listen to them before you book them for the event. You need to ensure that their type of music is what you want for your wedding, corporate event, debut, or something else. So listen to them play their music and ensure that it will become appealing to all ages of the attendees.
    4. Don’t forget that you should pick DJs or bands willing to learn and play your wedding song as well as the list of songs you created for the event. They should be willing to play the songs you pick or suggest some to you.

    Again, make sure that the songs you pick will appeal to all of your attendees. The best dance music will surely appeal to all attendees at all ages so make sure that you don’t remove them from the list of songs you want played for your event.

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  • Travelling indeed gives delight to people. And what could be more rewarding and satisfying than travelling hassle free? But, if you travel alone, the greater fear and anxieties you feel compared to travelling with companions. Of course, you do not want to let anything or anyone spoil your tour, so you have to be as well, in your toes when you travel. Take on these tips in order for you to have a trouble free trip despite travelling alone.

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    1. Make an advance booking of the accommodation. Before anything else, you have to know where you are heading to. You should equip yourself with a destination in mind. With this, it follows that when you already know where you want to have your tour, look for some affordable yet quality hotels and accommodations. Search for something that caters to your needs and preferences as a traveller.
    2. Apart from accommodation, make a booking of your transportation too. Aside from the hotels, you should already do an advanced booking of your ride both in going there and what you will be utilizing and riding while going from one place to another in that very destination. Again, book for a ride from a reputable and dependable transportation booking company. Apart from the cost, you also have to take note of the safety and quality of the ride or the transportation.

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    3. Know what to bring. You do not have any companion but your backpack. Before taking the tour, make sure to check what you will be bringing in your travel. List all the possible stuffs which you will be needing while travelling. Be certain that you will not forget anything that is necessary in your stay in that place. Additionally, include a first aid kit and a map in your travelling bag or in your backpack.
    4. Make sure to get the necessary details of your tour or your itinerary. Before you jump in into your tour, always double check your itinerary. This is vital because you are travelling solo. And in case you might need assistance later when you are already in the place, ask from the proper and authorised people or unit. Do not act like you know especially if you are new in the place. Do not be hesitant to ask but you also have to remember to ask form trusted person.

    With all these things, you have to make sure that you will not skip anything. To travel is indeed an enjoyable experience but isn’t it more delightful if you will arrive and will stay there safe and secured?

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  • Romantic relationships always come up in the top three topics most Singaporeans are interested in. This affects an important aspect of ourselves and can even influence the other non-related areas of our lives. When we’re brokenhearted, focusing at work can be a drag. There’s just a long list of questions one can think about when it comes to the topic of relationships. Most answers are subjective or better left unanswered.

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    Many can be said about romantic relationships but those listed below are what you shouldn’t believe in.

    There is that one true love

    When we were young, we used to believe in the idea of a soul mate or of that one true love destined for you. Some people believe in this idea completely that they spend a good amount of time waiting for their one true love as well as looking for signs if the person is really the one they’re looking for. Unfortunately, this may not be true. It all depends on how you make a relationship work that determines who you’re going to end up with.

    Like attracts like is the best formula

    Some people believe that the couples who have the highest chances of ending up together are those that share a lot of similarities. This may not be true as there are also a lot of couples who are so different from each other and yet completely in love and still together. Differences can spice up a relationship and these similarities should be based on personal values and such.

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    Love is all you need

    Couples who rush in love think that it’s all they needed to live happily. The bad news is that The Beatles cannot be more wrong. No, love is not all you need. In order to make your relationship last, you’ll need to consider other important factors such as finances, responsibilities, obligations, adjustments – you get the gist. But yes, love is very important.

    Sex will deepen your love

    This may be the biggest lie of all taken to advantage by most men. Sex is an important aspect of your relationship but it will not deepen the amount of love you feel for each other. Sex will not improve the quality of your relationship nor will it solve your conflicts.

    A new relationship is your cure for breakup

    It is advisable to take some single time after going through a breakup. This will help you heal naturally and even help you understand why things happened as they did. You’ll be more prepared to handle relationships the next time around.

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    When it comes to properly washing your car, the right tools to use are essential for attaining optimal results. Thankfully, the automobile industry in Singapore has now come up with a wide range of car washing supplies you can use to cater different purposes. We no longer need to use detergent soaps and house rags to wash our cars. Car owners can now say goodbye to those unsightly swirly marks that often come with the wrong choice of car washing tools. They no longer need to rely on car washing services anymore as car owners can now achieve the desired look on their cars just by using the right car washing supplies. The following are the tools you need to use when it comes to properly wash your car:

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    Car Wash Shampoo

    Back in the days, car owners used dishwashing detergents to wash their cars as well. Good thing those days are gone. We are now well aware that those dishwashing materials are not the best tools to wash your car with and are better left in the kitchen. A car wash shampoo is probably the most important tool to wash your car with. Look for a car wash shampoo that is gentle, has high foaming ability, good lubricant, has a neutral pH balance, and good concentration.

    Car Wash Mitts

    Instead of using house rags, use car wash mitts to wash your car with. The best car wash mitt is one that is made of good reliable material such as long or short nap microfiber and synthetic or genuine sheepskin. They are good absorbers of water but rinse off easily, are soft, and less likely to slide on the ground while you’re washing.

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    Car Wash Buckets

    You need to have at least two separate car wash buckets in order to follow the two-bucket system. You can get a four or five gallon non-fancy plastic bucket for your car wash.

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    A grit guard insert is a round plastic insert that you’ll place on your buckets to separate the dirt from being picked again as you continually rinse and wash off your car wash mitt.

    Drying Towels

    Just like car wash mitts, it’s also better to use a drying towel specifically designed for car washing instead of using those house towels. The best materials for drying towels are synthetic PVA and waffle weave microfiber. These are durable, soft and gentle, great absorbers of water, and can be wringed easily as well.

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    Vaginal infections (medical term: vaginitis) are very common and can range from simple pH imbalance to a severe case of inflammation that can affect fertility or one’s overall health. Itching, burning sensation, and an unpleasant odour are some of the most common symptoms of vaginits. However, treatments vary depending on the type of infection you have. Therefore, it’s important to identify first the type of problem you have before coming up with a solution. Talk to your gynaecologist and discuss about the right treatment even for the most common types of vaginal infections.

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    Yeast Infection

    Yeast infection, the most common type of vaginitis, is caused by a fungus called Candida. Candida can be found in the body, including in the vagina, and does not normally cause any harm. However, this fungus thrives in moist and close environment and can multiply rapidly, which can then cause a vaginal infection. Symptoms of the condition include a thick, white discharge that resembles the look and consistency of cottage cheese, therefore it is important to see a gynaecologist for women’s health in Singapore where such cases are relatively common. Yeast infection can also cause vaginal itching and redness around the vulva.

    Bacterial Vaginosis

    Lactobacilli, a good type of bacteria, also thrive in the vagina. However, when these “friendly” bacteria decrease in number, it can cause a vaginal condition called bacterial vaginosis. Why the number of bacteria fluctuates is unknown, but the lack of lactobacilli levels can make room for the development of infection-causing bacteria, such as Gardnerella, the most common bacteria associated with this infection. It is the lack of good bacteria that triggers the growth of these bad bacteria, causing vaginal infection.

    Trichomoniasis

    Commonly called “trich,” this infection is caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis that is transmitted through sexual intercourse. Its symptoms include a burning sensation, redness, irritation and swelling of the vulva, accompanied by a greenish or yellow-grey vaginal discharge that has a funky odour. Some patients diagnosed with trich report that they also feel pain when urinating.

    Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that causes inflammation of the vagina. Some women experience vaginal discharge with Chlamydia, while others do not. A more common symptom of this infection is bleeding, especially after a sexual intercourse. To ensure that you are safe from this disorder, see a gynaecologist annually from the time you start being sexually active, as early stages of chlamydia often does not have any symptoms and, left untreated, can cause serious damage to fertility.

    Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

    Also called “genital herpes”, HSV is caused by a virus. Unfortunately, this condition can only be controlled and can’t be cured. Most women with HSV have lesions or sores on the vulva or outside the vagina, and can only be seen during a gynaecological test. It is because of the sores why women with genital herpes experience pain during intercourse. Your gynae can provide you with medication and recommend ways to control symptoms of HSV.

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    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

    This is another condition that’s caused by a virus. And like HSV, HPV cannot be cured; it can only be controlled. Some patients with HPV don’t experience any symptoms. They only get to find out they have the virus after apap smear procedure. Others see warts—usually white, purple, or gray—growing in the vagina, vulva, rectum or groin. Some types of HPV are said to lead to certain types of cervical problems, including cervical cancer. Scientific efforts are now underway to formulate a vaccine that can protect women against HPV, which could also prevent development of cervical problems.

    Vulvodynia

    This is a vaginal condition in which a woman in Singapore experiences chronic pain or discomfort in the vulva for some unknown reason. The symptoms feel similar to vaginal infections: stinging, burning, soreness, rawness, and swelling. The symptoms may be occasional or constant.

    Non-Infectious Vaginitis

    This condition is characterized by itchiness and sensitivity around the vagina, especially when using irritants like perfumed soaps, scented tampons, and fabric softeners when washing underwear. This is not an infection though, and this can be treated and avoided by simply not exposing your genital area to whatever that irritates it.

    Treatment

    Treatment for vaginal infections is relatively easy, as long as you let gynaecology do its part in diagnosing any problem and prescribing you with the right medication.
    Be aware of your own body. Pay close attention to the possible symptoms and when it happened. Notice the texture, colour, smell, and amount of discharge. Do not douche before a hospital visit as it can disrupt the accuracy of the test results. Some Singapore gynaecologists will even ask you to abstain from sexual intercourse 24 to 48 hours prior the examination.

    Some more tips to prevent vaginitis:

    • Always keep yourself clean and dry. However, it’s not recommended to use vaginal sprays and heavily scented soaps in this sensitive area. Douching can also cause irritation, and most importantly could spread an infection. It also washes away the healthy bacteria in the vagina.

    • Avoid wearing clothes that traps moisture and heat. Tight jeans, nylon underwear, non-breathable leggings and gym garments, and pantyhose with no cotton pads in the area can cause lead to yeast infection.

    • Eat more yogurt. The active cultures found in yogurt can help increase the number of good bacteria in the body and help prevent certain infections.

    • Always use condoms. It is the best way to save yourself from getting infected with STDs.

    Especially when planning for a pregnancy, a maternity test is of great importance in ensuring your reproductive health is at its best. After all, nothing compares to the security an annual gynaecogical exam can bring to your reproductive and sexual health, whether or not you are an expectant mom in Singapore. As much as possible, do not skip a visit to your gynaecologist. It is only through professional consultancy you can be sure of your health and wellness status.

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    Sure there are a lot of adventures here in Singapore but sometimes, we have to see the bigger picture. Getting the big picture means going outside our comfort zone. If in this case you want to visit Australia, you are in a lot of treat. There are many Singaporeans living and studying in Australia so it is perfectly a safe country.

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    Its distance from here is about three thousand miles which is about eight hours of travel (if you disembark at Canberra). It is a long journey but everything will be worth it at the end of the day. Adventure is just waiting. All you have to do is to make it happen. Here are some activities or adventures worth trying when in Australia:

    • Monalto Vineyard and Olive Grove: Not all tourists consider the vineyard and grove because they think that there is no fun. Monalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is actually a family-run estate celebrated for its café, restaurant and more importantly, breath-taking grounds. This is the perfect foodie adventure.
    • Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s pride is the Great Barrier Reef. It is after all a World Heritage site. It is famous because it is the largest reef system on this planet. The fishes and marine life never looked so awesome. For a splash, head to Cairns. Cairns is the doorway to this magnificent site. There are many tour operators that can take you from the shore to the reef. It usually takes about 30 minutes. If this is not enough, you can also check out Marine World – an underwater observatory.

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    • The Twelve Apostles: Australia also boasts of remarkable coastal drives. Aside from the Great Barrier Reef, there is also one site recognized as a World Heritage. This is the Twelve Apostles originally known as Sow and Piglets. You can drive (about 243 kilometres) along the Great Ocean Road or you can choose the helicopter tour. The Twelve Apostles are rock formations.
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge: So you visited the Opera House and the Botanic Gardens not to mention the beaches but if you ready for more adventures, you need to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can actually climb the bridge and of course, it is safe. The jumpsuits and harnesses will protect you.
    • Tasmania: Do not forget to include Tasmania in your itinerary. It has breath-taking beauty. If kayaking is your thing, going to Tasmania can make a difference. Tasmania offers dramatic cliffs nearby Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve. Though Tasmania is just a small island, it should not be underestimated. Visit in late December or January for the highly anticipated Tasmania Food Festival.

    Make sure that everything is settled before actually flying there. Are your visas and passports ready? Did you book your hotel? As early as possible, make plans for a hassle free travel. If things are too complicated for you to remember, you can always hire for tourists guides or agencies to do everything for you.

    Australia is also known for its terrific shopping experience. You can have a day or two just visiting shops and buying souvenirs for everyone.

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  • You resigned alright and the worst thing – you do not have a job to replace the old one. Every single one of your family probably told you that it was a mistake leaving your old job. What can you do? There is no use crying over spilled milk. It is time to move one and remember some things so you will survive.

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    Indeed it is hard without a job here in Singapore with all the expensive cost of living and the economy. If you find yourself without a job and a new one is not really imminent, there are some hacks that you can consider until you land a new job.

    Here are some hacks worth to consider:

    • Making sure of a steady source of income: You think that you can find a new job right away but how can you if you just linger there? Take this as an opportunity to reflect and while you are at it, you have to make sure that you have a steady source of income. Your income should at least cover the basic expenses. The trick here is to keep afloat until you get a job. You do not need to be an Uber driver but looking for something that can help you keep spending low, you will survive. Just look for an alternative source of income say a part-time job.
    • Avoiding the emergency fund: It is tempting to touch your emergency fund but you should refrain from doing it as much as possible. Other people think that losing a job is an emergency. It is not. Before you deplete your emergency fund, you have to remember the first point made – look for a steady source of income.

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    • Avoiding savings: Remember that savings is different from your emergency funds. If you cannot touch your emergency fund, do not be tempted to touch the savings either. It is best to think that you do not have emergency or savings so you can live within your budget every day. Since you are on a budget, you have to forgo fancy restaurants dinner.
    • Hunting job regularly: Well, this is given. You have to hunt job regularly if you want to find one immediately. If you hunt now and do not make a follow-up, you will stay unemployed for the longest time. It is time to update your resume and ready working shoes for its going to be challenging.

    These things can help you survive a rainy day. It is not easy to look for a job here but if you are persistent and you are ready for it, brace yourself for better days. Do not worry about resigning and not having a new one right away. After all, you need a rest for some time and this is the perfect opportunity to find yourself. If you are not happy, just quit anyway. Do not linger because it will only drain you and make you miserable for the rest of your days.

    Sure quitting job without a new one lined up is scary but things will be better as long as you move.

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    Traveling, in its essence, is about seeing and experiencing the wonders of the world while enjoying life at its finest. As we wander through different places we have never been, we also become a different person for we not only discover destinations, but also, ourselves along the way.

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    Some people believe that traveling is merely witnessing breath taking views while others think that it is about getting lost and finding oneself. It has been held true by Asian, especially the Singaporeans who, according to Visa’s Travel Intentions. 95% of them have traveled more than the Asia Pacific. It goes to show that they love to travel and it is now becoming part of their culture.

    Truth be told, you will find few of people in the world who dislike traveling, and there are so many out there who confess that they are “travel obsessed”. They spend their entire days thinking about travel-related things. For some, travel is life and something they wouldn’t have any other way and this is where we cross the line of distinguishing what makes a tourist and what constitutes a traveler at heart and in practice.

    Tourists document moments; Travelers live it

    There is nothing wrong about sharing your whereabouts specifically your travels on Instagram and Facebook but experiences become more precious when not spend behind the screen.

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    A traveler lives in the moment because he doesn’t want it to pass by, he knows when to snap a real good photo and savor the rest.

    Tourists miss home; Travelers think where to go next

    Tourists feel home sick, they miss their room back home and overlook the opportunity that traveling brings. A real traveler feels at home wherever he goes, he believes that life actually starts when one leaves the so called “comfort zone” and that there is nothing more fantastic than waking up in a different place.

    Tourists go with the pack; travelers do wander

    Tourists would always stay with the pack, stick to guide maps and magazines and are pretty much contented with taking photos. A traveler will wander around, explore their way and search their own experience. They don’t waste opportunities where fun and adventure waits go home with a great story to tell.

    Tourists have lots of baggage; travelers pack light

    Most tourists travel for comfort and they bring it as they move from one place to another which makes them carry loads of stuff. Travelers, on the other hand, bring basics and see whatever is available out there, do and consume anything just like any local. For the most part, they intend to experience and see things in a native’s eye.

    Tourists splurge; Travelers save

    A basic tourist will be spending money on leisure wherever they head because they travel for comfort but a real traveler would know how to travel for fun and great adventure without spending much—these are skills they have learned from roaming around different countries and immersing to diverse way of life.

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    Looking for new life-saving alternatives to nutritional diets? Well, let us introduce you to pulverized versions of the good stuff—and now you can just sprinkle them on your meals! These alternatives are great because they’re less processed compared to other pills or supplements. While many powder supplements out in the market today are not well regulated, these powder powerhouses are guaranteed to fill your vitamin needs and heathen your energy levels:

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    Cocoa Powder

    Who doesn’t want chocolates, right? And who says chocolatey stuff couldn’t be healthy? Apart from its great taste, cocoa also has the benefit of having heart-friendly components such as polyphenols, which are cardio-protective as they help reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol. Such risk is considered as a main reason for cardiovascular diseases. No wonder why cocoa or chocolates are closely linked to hearts.

    Apart from its antioxidant compounds, Cocoa is also a good source of fiber where a tablespoon can provide more than half of what brown rice can supply. There are endless ways on how cocoa powder can be incorporated into your meal and even in your drinks. For meals, you can add cocoa by sprinkling it into your various dips for main course recipes or as an ingredient to your salad dressing. For beverage, shakes and other chocolatey drinks can be made.

    Spirulina Powder

    This freshwater powder is jam packed with nutritional perks! One of its most notable health benefit is that it can help you to lose weight the natural way. Taking 3 grams of Spirulina powder 30 minutes before meals can help you control your appetite and prevent hunger. It also supplies vitamin B12, proteins, carotene, antioxidants and iron—which is ten times than what we get from Spinach.

    One of the world’s best quality Spirulina providers are found in Singapore and even cater free delivery to your door steps. This is also promoted in the said country as it free of pesticides and 100% vegetarian. Spirulina can be added to your glass of water, pouring at least 2 tablespoons, with honey if desired before meals or sprinkle it to your smoothie!

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    Acai Berry Powder

    This powder is from a dark-purple berry that grows from Acai palm trees which are originally founded in Central & Southern America. One of its reported benefits include detoxification of the body, digestive improvement, creation of beautiful skin and strengthened immune system. If you are working out in the gym and feel sore, this powder also contains amino acids to repair muscles after work-out.

    Acai powder can be mixed with other ingredients in making smoothies, vegan cheesecake, truffles or even ice blocks!

    Maca Powder

    Maca is a good source of getting your sexual charm back! This powder is an herbaceous plant where its Peruvian roots are used as vegetable and for medicinal benefits. One study of Maca’s effectiveness in remedying sexual dysfunction for women suggest that there is an increase in sexual satisfaction when 3 grams per day (highest dose) consumption is observed. Also, some small scale researches indicated its helpfulness in the bedroom as a powerful aphrodisiac as it contains iodine, essential fatty acids, zinc and Maca can balance sex hormones that can improve one’s mood. After all, if there is an improved mood for lovemaking, arousal is easier to achieve. Also, it’s good for the bones as it contains rich calcium to support bone density.

    Maca powder can be used as an ingredient for homemade oatmeal, smoothies, snack bars or fruit salad recipes!

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    Adult coloring books are popular not only here in Singapore but around the world. However, there are some who ignore it. Adult coloring books are stress-relievers and in fact, it can serve as a therapy and form of meditation. No matter how we see it, coloring is helpful.

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    Not all people like coloring because they do not feel artistic and are fearful that they will not produce beautiful artworks. Experts and patrons would say that anyone can color and however we paint it, it will not matter and it will always turn out to be beautiful and personal.

    If you want to consider coloring, start by purchasing adult coloring books. After that, it would be to your benefit to know how to pick colors.

    Be spontaneous

    When coloring, the safest thing to do is go with the rainbow spectrum. It could not go wrong. Do not think further because it defeats the purpose of expressing yourself. Color as if you are blindfolded – just pick a color that you like and let go. The key here is to be spontaneous and let it take over.

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    Go overboard

    If you take coloring seriously, you can go overboard for as long as you want. You can begin by looking for an image with the colors you love and follow the pattern. The good news is that there are many sources that you can consider.

    Look for inspiration

    Inspirations are everywhere. It is just a matter of looking deeply and see it differently. To create beautiful pictures, all you need is inspiration and the rest will follow.

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    The applications of drone transcend to more than one’s hobby. It can be useful in search and rescue, science and research, surveying, aerial photography and many more. Drones refer to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). It is a flying robot that can be controlled remotely or fly independently.

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    Many people are getting more and more interested and excited in drones. You can purchase one for as cheap as $50 and as expensive as $1,300. It can weight from 500 grams to 10 kilograms. Many industries here in Singapore consider drones. For instance the Timbre Group revealed that soon they will have drones serve the customer’s orders.

    There is no doubt that drones are beneficial in our society however, the government thought about regulating its use. In fact, there is a new bill submitted and implemented earlier this year to establish rules about the conduct of drones.

    It is imperative that the governments establish clear rules about the conduct of drones. Aside from Singapore, here are some countries with existing drone laws:

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    • France: France is the country with the most number of drone operators in the whole of Europe with more than one thousand companies using it. There is no surprise that the country has the most progressive drone laws. The capital, Paris and nuclear facilities are no fly zone.
    • United States: For hobbyists, they can fly drones but not above 122 meters. For commercial uses like wedding and movie photography, drones are not allowed unless they can obtain exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration.
    • Japan: After discovering a small drone on the roof of the Prime Minister’s office in April, the government said to strengthen its laws governing UAVs. The drone was armed with camera and liquid container holding Caesium 134 and 137.
    • Thailand: In Thailand, the government totally banned the use of drones. Drones for research, education and other valid purposes may be allowed provided that they apply permit and they must pass meet certain criteria.

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    Whether you’re participating in the annual gift exchange in your office, or you’re just thinking of giving a gift to your favourite colleague, you’re probably facing the question of: “What should I get this person for Christmas?” While gift-giving is just normal during the holiday season, doing it at work can be quite tricky. You surely don’t want to go over the top with your gift, but you don’t also want to come across as someone stingy. Luckily, you no longer need to feel stressed out in choosing your gifts with these office gift-giving tips in mind.

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    1. Set a Price Limit. Define the parameters of what’s to be expected in your gift-giving activity by setting a spending cap for your gifts. This will give everyone a guideline on what gifts they can give, and make the gift selection process a little bit easier. Setting a price range for your exchange gifts will also eliminate the inequality in gift giving, which could possibly cause bad feelings or jealousy among the workmates.


    1. Perform Some Sleuthing. Surprise your co-worker with a gift that you know he or she’ll like, by performing some investigative work first. Learn about their hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes. You can start your investigation by looking through their desk areas, since you’ll likely know one’s personality through thedecorations they put in their desks. If you want, you can also ask that person to have a lunch with you andthen learn more about them. With this, you’ll be able to accomplish your goal and make a new ally in your office.

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    1. Avoid Giving Intimate Items as Gifts. As you start tailoring your gift options with the person’s likes, avoid picking items that are too personal. Steer clear from cosmetics, roses, lingerie or any intimate apparel and stick with career- or office-related gifts and cards instead.

     

    1. Pool Your Spending Power. If there’s one person, such as a coach or boss, whom everyone in the office wants to purchase a gift for, then consider chipping in for a budget and giving a group gift. Not only will your spending power go farther, you won’t also look like you’re trying to win favour with that particular person.

     

    1. Always Say ‘Thank You’. Regardless of who gives you a gift or what gift you receive, make sure that you thank that person. If possible, do take some time and send a holiday card or a handwritten note to that person as a sign of your gratitude for the gift.

    Doing an office gift exchange can be a great way to get into the holiday spirit. By following the aforementioned tips, you’ll surely be able to foster new relationships, while keeping your workplace merry and bright.

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    4 Signs to Call It Quits

     

    It’s devastating to end a relationship. Whether it’s a friendship or a romantic one, deciding to go on separate ways is not going to be easy.

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    If you’re not sure whether to call it quits with your long-time beau, you have a few advisors: your family and friends. But ultimately, you are the one who’s going to tell whether or not to continue the relationship. Here are five signs that it may be best to call it quits with your partner.

    1. You find reasons to start a fight with him.

    You get mad because he wasn’t able to respond to your text right away even though he has told you that he’s with his buds playing basketball. You just become increasingly hot-tempered, raising voice over the smallest reasons. The point here is not him being insensitive, but you constantly looking for a reason to pick a fight with him. It could be because you find him annoying and you’re looking for an excuse to end therelationship.

    1. You no longer put effort to look beautiful.

    It’s not that you have to look dolled-up at all times. However, if you have stopped caring about how you look when you two go out, you might want to ask yourself why. Is it because you’re just too comfortable around him or you just think he’s not worth the time and energy anymore?

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    1. You find other people more attractive.

    Since you’re losing interest with your partner, you suddenly develop crushes on most unlikely people—your co-worker, workout buddy, or even the barista. Whether it’s just a fantasy or harmless flirting, your life now has some unexpected guests that you know—deep inside you—your partner should bealarmed of.

    1. Your gut feeling can sense that the end is near.

    Your intuition is the best sign for the end of your relationship. As of now, you’re still worried about the way things are going between you and your partner. You have tried communicating your concerns, but for some reason you feel like you’re not heard. Listen to your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, trustyour gut. Don’t worry too much though—ending your relationship means you can both move on to much better lives—and partners, soon.

    It’s difficult to decide whether you should end a relationship, especially if you love the person and you have been together for quite some time. However, if the relationship does you more harm than good, ending it could be the best thing you can reward yourself.

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