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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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are other tips that you should consider when picking dance songs or any types of music for your event.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Grit Guard Insert
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.