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Orchids for Gardening Beginners

The different varieties of orchids make them ideal for any gardener of any skill level. They come in different shapes, colors, and are hardy plants to boot. There are orchids, however, that are ideal for those who are still learning basic gardening skills.

Cattleya Orchid

This orchid is known for its fragrance and distinct colors of orange, pink, red, white, and yellow. It blooms twice a year and produces large flowers that will look great on a balcony garden. Remember that cattleya should be watered once or twice a week only.

Dendrobium Orchids

These orchids are used for flower arrangements because they can last for nearly 4 weeks. It doesn’t need regular watering, only once every other week or once weekly, but it should be kept away from direct sunlight to prevent wilting.

Oncidium or Dancing Lady Orchid

If you like plants that can produce a lot of flowers, the Dancing Lady Orchid is for you, because each cluster can have as many as 50 flowers. They are also known for their fragrance and their ability to tolerate bright sunlight and hot weather. Remember to water oncidium weekly or every other week.

Paphiopedilum Orchid

This type of orchid doesn’t need to be exposed to a lot of sunlight, so it can be grown indoors. The large flowers and the distinct mottled leaves give it an unusual appearance, making it an ideal decoration in the living room.

Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid

This is the most common type of orchid you can find in shops in Singapore. They come in different colors and are known for their lengthy blooming season and durability. The moth orchid can be placed indoors with low lighting.

Tips for Growing Orchids

Orchids have different care requirements that you should observe, that is why if it’s your first time to grow orchids, you should stick to one or two types first to learn the basics.

  1. Do not use mixes or potting soils that are sold for other plants. Instead, choose potting mixes made specifically for orchids in flower shops in Singapore.
  2. A potting mix for orchids may contain any of the following: perlite, bark, vermiculite, moss, and others, to imitate their natural habitat in the wild, such as trees and rocks.
  3. Before purchasing an orchid, examine its roots, stems, and leaves for signs of diseases, insects, and rot.
  4. Make sure that the stems are strong, leathery and not brown or dark green in color.
  5. Place your orchids where they can get sunlight either during the early hours of the morning or the afternoon. Never place them in areas where they are hit directly by sunlight.
  6. If you choose to keep them indoors in your apartment, you can substitute sunlight with fluorescent lights.
  7. Do not overwater your orchids and make sure that the soil has proper drainage.
  8. Orchids are given water-soluble fertilizers only once a month or as needed.
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  • Google Trips: Your New Travel Buddy

    Vacation is precious for any employed person in Singapore. Thanks to being chained to your work desk for endless hours every year, you’re able to afford a trip abroad.

    However, unless you are a visiting a familiar place or a mega-organized traveller with well-planned travel itineraries, travelling can get stressful. Here’s when Google Trips comes in handy.

    For all you wanderers out there, here are the reasons why Google Trips should be your new travel buddy on your next getaway.

    “Things to Do”

    This app feature offers suggestions of things you can do based on when and where you will be travelling. It allows you to filter the activities by outdoor, indoor, kid-friendly, etc. You’ll get reviews, the number of hour of the activity and other relevant information about the activities as well.

    Plus, you can save sites, too. When you see a place you like in the application, you can click the star on it to save it. You can view your saved sites in the “Saved Places” option whenever you need to.

    “Day Plans”

    This is one of the fun and most useful feature of the app. In the “Day Plans” feature, you can get suggestions for what you can do in a certain destination, based on where you are staying and how time you have to tour the place. You get several itinerary suggestions, too. If planning a trip to Bangkok, for example, you’ll get itinerary suggestions like “Beyond the Old City: Highlights,” “Bangkok Markets” and “Bangkok with Kids.”

    “Food and Drink”

    This feature provides an overview of the F&B scene of your destination. By checking the “Food and Drink” card, you’ll see a list of popular restaurants, local specialties and nightlife in your destination city.

    “Getting Around”

    From this feature, you will get transportation info of the place, from how to get to your hotel from the airport to public transportation options when heading to certain places. There is also useful info on walking or driving to certain areas.

    Basically, Google Trips combines all the necessary preparation you need to do for your trip. What’s cool about this is that it personalizes your tour with all your info so you can access everything in one place. You can make reservations, and plan your entire vacation through one app. You also have the option to use the app manually without having to use your into. But, of course, expect to get limited functionality with that option. Check out the app and see for yourself the fun and convenience that Goole Trips can provide.

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  • As vacation home rentals continue to grow in popularity, many vacationers are wondering what the fuss is about and why more and more travellers are choosing home rental over hotel stay.

    If thinking about going on a getaway, do yourself a little favour before booking your trip accommodation.

    1. There’s Plenty of Space

    In a hotel, family vacations usually include moments of kids fight over who gets what side of the bed and what to watch on the only TV in the room. On the contrary, in a home rental, there may be more than one TV and certainly more beds. Each child may even get his own room, and mom and dad will finally have some privacy—at last!

    • You Can Bring Your Pet

    Not all home rentals allow pets, but many of them certainly do. And although more hotels now allow you to bring pets, a house has home space for Fido to run around and play. Also, if your dog usually gets irritable at night, you won’t have to worry so much about waking your neighbours up because your dog won’t stop barking.

    • Your Entire Group Can Stay Together

    When booking hotel rooms, you and your company may have to spread out among several rooms, possibly on different floors of the building. A condo or a house has enough room to accommodate the entire group, so everyone can easily join the fun. You’ll also have more spots to hang-out together, such as in the living room, on the patio or in the dining area.

    • You Can Make Home-Cooked Meals

    Cooking your own meals is always a budget saver, which is especially advantageous when travelling. You’ll also be able to stock up on snacks and get yourself a cup of coffee at a moment’s notice. Most importantly, it’s easy to cater to people with special dietary needs when you are able to prepare your own meals.

    • It Feels Just Like Home

    Vacation homes are just that: home. Vacation homes have everything your home has—appliances, dishes, a pantry, a dining area, a living room, multiple bedrooms, laundry facilities, books and games and even a garage. All of these can make your vacation so much more comfortable and convenient, especially if you have kids and are travelling for extended period of time.

    Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing. Yes, you will be out exploring for the most part of your trip, but having a comfortable place to come home and rest to at the end of each day makes your vacation even more amazing.

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  • The evolution of technology has brought us so much convenience in our day-to-day lives. However, while we look at it as an advantage, it is also a curse. It has helped us to be more productive, but we have also become too dependent on it that we even rely to it when it comes to taking care of our kids.

    If you must use technology to help you babysit, make sure to use it responsibly. Here are some ways to help manage technology use among children.

    1. Choose your gadgets and apps wisely

    Specify what gadgets you will allow your children to use. Also, download programs, shows, apps and games that has educational value. If possible, do not connect the gadget to the internet when you let your kids use them to avoid unwanted searches.

    • Use the gadget together with your kids

    Parental supervision is strongly recommended when children are watching something on the screen. Help your little ones understand and process what they see. For older children, make sure that you know the content of the shows or games they are playing, so you can talk about it and enlighten them right away.

    • Make a connection between the screen and the real world

    Since you will be watching videos and playing games with them, try relating the scenarios that your kids see on the screen to real-life experiences to help them understand the lesson. Talk about the issues that the characters encounter in games or shows and relate them to your kid’s experiences.

    • Create rules for your children

    Set ground rules for gadget use, and make sure to involve your children in setting the rules to be fair with them. Inform everyone in the house and ask them to help in reinforcing these rules, so you can assure that they are still followed even when you are not around. The rules can include the type of device that your children can use, time limits, which room they should be in when using the gadget and the games, sites, and apps they are allowed to access.

    • Have rules for adults, too

    To give your children the impression of fairness, parents should also follow a set of rules. By being a role model for a good gadget user, you are teaching your kids the importance of self-control and that human interaction should be a priority when you are together. When playing with your kids, avoid the urge to look at your phone and focus on having fun with them.

    Gadgets are invented to make our lives more convenient. Show your kids the good side of technology by teaching and encouraging them to use it properly.

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  • Thirty is a wonderful age. People who are almost in their 30s talk about it with fear and wonder. “You’re getting old!” they say, but wisdom comes with age; and being in your 30s means you have been through a lot in your 20s. Though you still have so much to learn, never take for granted the life lessons you’ve had when you were younger. After all, life experiences are your best teacher and you owe the person you are today to your younger self.

    1. Money can’t buy happiness

    Remember when you had your first pay from your first job, and the smallest things like contributing for home grocery made you feel so independent and grown up? Because even if you were not earning a lot, what mattered was that you know your purpose. Early adulthood for you was finding ways to stretch your paycheck, and that opened up to new learnings and smart life hacks. You didn’t rely on money to make yourself happy, and you shouldn’t do so now.

    • Love yourself first

    Before you’re able to give love, fill yourself up with self-love first. Probably by now, you have learned this lesson. Whether from a bad breakup or from something else, we bet you learned it the hard way. By now, you’ve probably realized that you can easily replaced your terrible ex with something else, like time for family and friends, a business, work or a hobby. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with giving your all to someone special, you also need to remember that you can only give it you yourself is in perfect condition.

    • Work-life Balance is an everyday commitment

    An intense overtime before a month-end report is okay. And a couple of working weekends won’t hurt. But if work is all you’ve got the last couple of months, something is terribly wrong! We know that work is important and that you love what you’re doing, but it shouldn’t define your life. Prioritize your personal life just as how you work hard to meet deadlines. You’ll be surprised you’re even more productive when you learn how to balance work and play.

    • Try something new once in a while

    Remember those spontaneous road trips with friends during college days just because? Don’t let go of that thirst for adventure and new life experiences. Even if you are saving up for a new house or a new car, remember that you do not have to spend much to have fun. Challenge yourself to spend as little as possible to do something new, and you might even find yourself starting a little business out of a new hobby.

    The list goes on and on. There are so much more life lessons that your 20s have taught you. The most important thing is to never forget them and be proud for who you have become today.

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