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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.
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.
We make first impressions judging by the appearance of something or someone. We can’t help it because our eyes see first before our mouths can speak. There are many people who humour others and give them another chance. As it turned out, the first impression is wrong.
When you do something or meet someone new, you are hoping that you make a good impression. This is completely natural but you have to think as well that you cannot please everybody. There will be people who will misjudge you. Regardless, you still have to try and make a good impression. To do this, you have to know actions that arrest people’s attention and how they will see you.
Here are some actions that you need to watch out so you will not leave an unpleasant impression:
At the end of the day, to truly know a person, you should give them second chance and not based impression on things like selfie style and cleanliness of their homes. Although you want to impress all, you have to accept that you cannot possibly please everybody. If that somebody already made their judgment, it is their prerogative.
Choosing the photographer who will document your wedding is its own style decision – just like in picking the colour motif of your wedding, your venue, or your bridal boutique. While it can be quite confusing to choose a wedding photography style you’d like to settle on, learning more about each style will certainly help you decide on which one to go for.
1. Digital Photography. The very first decision you need to make in choosing your photography style is whether you’ll go with digital or film (or a good mix of both). Compared to film, digital photography like those from the reputed white link bridal studio in Singapore are preferred by bride- and groom-to-be’s. With digital, you’ll be able to see your wedding snaps just a couple of days after your wedding depending on how fast your Korean wedding photographer works. Also, digital cameras can be used in places with extremely low lighting, which is great if you’re planning to schedule your shoot or wedding late in the afternoon.
Unlike in film, your photographers will now be able to preview some shots on the camera’s display screen and adjust accordingly on his next shots. Through this, digital photographers are able to push their creative boundaries sans the limits of film and provide you with lots of stunning wedding snaps that you can put together in your wedding album. You also wouldn’t have a hard time looking for a digital photography package since each bridal studio also offer this kind of photography style.
2. Film Photography. Film is another good, but laborious, way of taking wedding photos. Images captured using this style have an organic and soft quality in them. Compared with digital, film has a better shooting range from the highlights down to the shadows. However, using film to photograph events like wedding take a lot of work on your photographer’s part – and money on your part. In addition to purchasing film rolls needed for photoshoots, editing and processing images taken with film also takes a lot of time.
Despite that, there are still a handful of wedding photographers in Singapore who offer this kind of services for clients who want to have film for their Korean wedding photography style.
3. Classic Photography. Once you’ve solved your film versus digital dilemma, it’s now time to consider the look you’ll give your photos. Just like what you see in your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding album, classic-looking images are those that stand the test of time – they’re gorgeous, striking and a bit formal. These photos simply reflect reality, but are also infused with the photographer’s artistic sense. They do this while they capture random moments in your wedding and think about what they can possibly create out of those ordinary moments.
This style looks best when things are captured naturally. So if you’re looking into giving the classic look to your Korean pre-wedding and wedding snaps, simply let your Korean pre-wedding photographer know that you want to have a rather modern take on the classic wedding photos that you’ve seen for years.
4. Artistic Photography. These days, wedding photos are no longer taken with the couple looking straight in the camera and in full frame. With the birth of Pinterest, making your pre-wedding and wedding photos look more artistic and unique has now become easier and simpler.
All you’ve got to do is think of a unique motif, suggest it to your photographer and brainstorm about the details of your shoot. However, a great deal of intervention from the photographer is often needed in order to turn the simple snaps of your wedding into a personalised and superb one.
5. Lifestyle Photography. Simply put, lifestyle photography is photojournalism redefined. It is candid, but is done with some styling and direction, which gives a rather relaxed and approachable feel to the end product. In this kind of shoot, your photographer won’t just look for the best moments of the ceremony, he’ll also set the whole scene and capture as candidly as possible.
6. Dramatic Photography. In this photography style, lighting plays an important role in creating the drama in the photos. For your shoot, ensure that your Korean pre-wedding photographer is capable of creating his own light in case the sun won’t cooperate on your shooting and wedding day. Remember that anyone can take good photos, but a true professional is someone who can consistently take great photos throughout your wedding day. Also, don’t forget to show one or two wedding photoshoot samples that are quite similar to what you’re planning to achieve to your photographer so that he’ll get a better idea of how he should take photos of your big day.
7. Documentary Photography. Rather than highly styled or posed shots, documentary photography captures candid and spontaneous photos of people, action and décor. Most of the time, your photographer will stay in the background while capturing some good shots of the different moments of your wedding.
Very little to no posing or organizing of the newlyweds and guests are done at this shoot, which is why this photography style is increasingly popular among brides these days. Documentary photography surely has a great deal to offer, but just like any photography style it also has its own set of drawbacks and one of which is not being sure as to what result you may get in the end.
Each wedding photography style has its own charm and appeal that goes well with any wedding shoot theme. Now that you have a better understand of each style, it’s now up to you to decide as to which photography style you’d want to use for your wedding photoshoot.
Life is getting harder here in Singapore after knowing that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. If you do not act immediately, your personal finance decisions can cost you a lot of money at the end of the day without you knowing. You always wonder why you are losing money, it is time that you discover the reasons behind it.
You lose money every day since every move will incur cost but have you considered your mindset? You drill your minds thinking where you did wrong but you haven’t thought about taking a closer look at your mindset. There are things and customs that you do every day that can cost you money and it is time to discover it.
It is important that you discover the reasons why you lose money so you can change your mindset and save more money in the long run. Here are some reasons that you have to look closely and resolve immediately:
One of the hurdles to becoming wealthy is your mindset. You have to change it to change your life.
When we travel to other places, we need a passport and of course the visa. The visa will depend on the country but we wish that passport will be enough because securing visa is not that easy. The good news is that there are countries that do not need visa. They only need passport.
There is an index which aims to find passports that give the most travel freedom – Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2015 in partnership with International Air Transport Association. The index ranks different countries according to the countries that their people can travel to without having to secure a visa.
Here’s the result:
Visa-free access is really a convenient thing. Hopefully we can get more countries to encourage travel freedom.
There is no right time to save for our child’s college than today even if he is still just a wee baby. Sending a child to college is expensive here in Singapore let alone sending him overseas. If we have an average income, it is hard to set aside money for college but we have to do it for the sake of our children.
Here in Singapore, a four-year course costs S$25,000. It does not end there because we still need to give our child monthly allowance not to mention school projects. Let us assume that we will spend $50,000 in total in the course of four years. Let us also take into account the inflation rate of 1.5% per annum so parents should expect about S$67,000.
How do we amass this $67,000 in 20 years for only one child? This sounds difficult but it is necessary if we want to ensure the future of our kids. Here are some tips on saving for our child’s college without compromising our retirement plans:
Losing weight is difficult for us but when we see our Hollywood female superheroes, they make it as easy as changing into their costumes. Whether we want to lose weight for health purposes or just to look more beautiful, we can get inspiration from our favourite female superheroes like Elektra, Black Widow, Emma Frost, Invisible Woman and Alice Abernathy.
For Singaporeans who are not familiar of the faces behind the superheroes mentioned above, it is time that we know them and their efforts to achieve that marvellous body. Elektra is portrayed by Jennifer Garner. Black Widow on the other hand is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson. Emma Frost is January Jones, Invisible Woman is Jessica Alba and Alice Abernathy is Mila Jovovich.
Before they take on the role, these superheroes prepared their body. With discipline, right food and exercise, they made their role attractive and interesting. If we want to get in shape, we have to know what things worked for them and hopefully make it an inspiration. So, here are some strategies they revealed:
There are many inspirations that we can get from our favourite female superheroes when it comes to achieving that marvellous body but we have to remember that we still need to find what works for us best.
Whenever we drive, we have to think that there is a probability that we will encounter road accidents. This thought is enough so we can take precautions before things happen. Road accidents are not common here in Singapore but it does not mean that we have to be completely complacent.
The good news is that our cars have a safety device that can protect us from collisions in the form of airbag. Airbags are occupant restraint system that quickly inflates and deflates should there be collisions and deceleration.
We have to know the different types of airbags for the purposes of learning it. Here are the different types:
Apple has recently unveiled its latest iPhone models—6s and 6s plus—with a whole bunch of breath-taking features that have certainly up the notch of today’s smartphones. What are these excellent features that have beaten some of LG’s and Samsung’s bests? Let’s together find out.
Apple has finally smashed the 8MP barrier and reclaim the top-smartphone-camera crown with the 6s and 6s plus’ 12MP camera. The sensor now has 50 percent more focus pixels, which results to more accurate colour display.
With the new iPhone’s A9 processor, you can expect 70% faster phone performance, while 90% faster GPU. With all these power, Apple must have up their battery game as well, but that’s something we’re waiting for reviews on.
This comes as no surprise—both of iPhone’s latest models run the best and latest version of Apple’s OS. New features to check out include Apple News, Apple Map’s transit, and the always-on Siri.
Unlike the older Apple phones which recognize pinches, swipes, and taps; the new Apple phones are equipped with 3D touch, allowing the user to press the screen with different force level to execute different commands. The new feature works in two functions: (1) peek, which allows you to briefly look into something; and (2) pop, which makes a new fully functional menu.
When the new iPhone captures a photo, it also records a brief video of it automatically in the background. Force touch a photo in the camera roll, and you can view the brief video of it. How awesome is that!
Apple’s new Touch ID sensor is said to be twice as fast as the sensor in the older iPhones. Apple’s first-gen fingerprint scanner already is better than any other mobile sensors out there, so it seems like an experience to behold the faster second-generation version.
Apple has indeed made another milestone with its latest iPhones. With these amazing features—and a cluster more of others—Apple has certainly redefine smartphone experience.
Looking for jobs you can do from home used to be like scanning the classified ads section for offers to get rich by stuffing envelopes. Today, exposure to at-home employment has greatly expanded, and endless options of at-home jobs are just a click away. If you want more flex in your work life—matched with good pay, here are some at-home jobs to consider applying for.
These professionals provide direction and technical advice to clients over the phone to help keep the business running. Depending on a company’s clientele needs, technical advisor positions are available for day, evening, or graveyard shifts, making this job flexible for individuals with excellent tech knowledge and customer service skill.
Are you fund of DIY projects, or cooking, or even creating gorgeous makeup looks? Why not film it and turn it into profit? As simple as signing up for a free account in Youtube, you can share your knowledge while gaining profit in return. Film and upload videos of you demonstrating how you work your magic. Once the video is uploaded enrol to Youtube’s partner program. The site will then place attach ads in or near your videos, and you’ll be paid from the ads themselves.
This profession may be uncommon, but housewives with nursing degree can earn significantly through this job. Health insurers and other health management institutions hire remote nurses to do duties like treatment authorization, patient education, and case management.
Companies like Yahoo! And Google provide information for you to search for, and you report to them how closely their provided results match what you’re searching for. If you’re Chinese, for instance, you might be asked to search how an average Chinese might do a search in English. Work hours vary between 10 to 25 hours per week.
Working from home can be the most convenient way of earning. If you dislike the idea of having to drive to a workplace every single day or you have little kids to attend to, there’s no better way to do it than getting an at-home job. All you need is a computer and a reliable Internet connection, some basic interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
While bringing extra baggage makes sense for an extended vacation, this isn’t the case if you’re just in for a weekend trip. To skip the stress of over-packing for a short holiday, here are some pointers on how to pack light in a breeze.
When travelling, planning ahead is important to make everything as stress-free as possible. And with all your essentials organized in your carry-on, travelling will be a breeze.
4 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Coffee
There are only a few things in life that’s as wondrous as coffee. We know it all too well as the drink that helps us survive our work days, but whether in bean, ground, extract or liquid form, the magical drink can also go overtime in helping any girl with their beauty concerns. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the surprizing, yet amazing, beauty benefits that your cup of Joe can give.
We know how much you love your cup of Joe, but after knowing these beauty benefits, you surely wouldn’t want to get your hands off your morning espresso.
Parenting is a tough road that is why not all took it. For parents out there, things are hard but at the end of the day, it will be fulfilling. As children, we sometimes do not understand the ways of parents especially our mothers. Mothers have their moments of spontaneity, rigidity and warmth which sometimes confuse us.
Sometimes, we do not easily fathom and grasp our mother’s methods just to show her unconditional love. There are times that we even misunderstand her. This is the time that we try to understand her methods and ways because her ultimate goal is to find what is best for us. We often hear things from our mothers. It might not make sense now but it will eventually.
Here are some pieces of advice that she relentlessly gives:
These are just some things that we do not understand about our mothers but we will comprehend eventually. Growing here in Singapore is a challenge for some mothers but they haven’t lost track of their child’s development. Our mothers only value one thing and that is the family.
Somehow many Singaporeans prefer credit over cash. For Singaporeans with credit cards, they surely love credit cards because it yields different rewards and benefits. According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), as of May 2015, there are 9, 721, 768 credit cards in circulation. In addition, there are about 1.58 million credit card users here.
MAS furthermore discovered that the average credit cardholders hold at least six cards each. This is a pretty good picture telling us that most people here use credit cards. People have asked questions: how many are too many or how many are too few? Experts will say that there is no required or average number a cardholder can hold but everything will depend on how we manage the accounts.
It is crucial that we know how to manage our accounts if we do not want to have a poor credit thereby destroying our good name and reputation in the financial industry. Here are some things that we need to know about our credit cards and hopefully it can help us manage our accounts: