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Jun

The Best Science Fiction Anime for Beginners

Most of the famous anime series are usually about romance and adventure, but there are also gems in the science fiction genre that every anime fan should try.

These are the best titles for beginners in science fiction anime.

Zankyou no Terror (2014)
After an attack at a nuclear facility left the authorities baffled, a strange video of two men appeared and challenged the police to solve puzzles before acts of terrorism can be performed. However, it seems that the acts are not simply about terrorism, because the two young men are motivated by their traumatic experiences.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Considered a classic, the series is not only about a group of people who came together because of a hostile world. It also features the most important concepts explored in most science fiction works.

No.6 (2011)
This dystopian series explores the ideas of friendship between an educated, privileged boy who meets a skillful outlaw. Shion is about to learn the dark history of the city he has been calling home.

Psycho-Pass (2014)
Imagine a world where criminals can be identified by just simply assessing the mental state using a high-tech pistol. In a world where it’s easy to pass judgment using tools that are supposedly accurate, an unusual criminal will challenge the system and makes the enforcers question their reliance on technology.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
This apocalyptic series features a different Tokyo trying to survive attacks from creatures named angels. Viewers will notice the use of symbols from Judeo-Christian beliefs and a different take on the mecha genre.

Steins;Gate (2011)
When a group of friends discover a way to travel through time, they use the opportunity to send warnings to influence present events. However, simply influencing the events does not always guarantee the best outcome.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
Set in a world where cyborgs are common, the story focuses on a special task force assigned to track and solve crimes, specifically incidents involving a prolific hacker and a terrorist.

Fractale (2011)
The name Fractale is used on an A.I. that was set up to guide humanity into happiness and prosperity, but like any sophisticated virtual reality system, there are imperfections that cannot simply be ignored.

Persona 4: The Animation (2011)
Based on the popular video game, the anime features Yu Narukami and friends who are learning to control their powers to save people from a mysterious series of deaths.

Texhnolyze (2003)
In an underground city called Lux, three groups are trying to take control through a series of conflicts threatening to destroy the place. During it all, an orphan and a young prophet try to reveal the secrets of the city to save it from destruction.

Last Exile (2003)
In a world torn by an unending conflict between two nations, three friends set out on a mission to try to reconcile the two factions to bring peace at last.

This list is compiled in no particular order.

Jun

4 Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

According to a poll by SingHealth, 4 in 10 Singaporeans are sleep deprived, which means that on a weekday, they sleep less than the recommended hours of sleep (7 hours). But we all know that sleep deprivation has a lot of ill-effects on your health. Some of these problems include lowering your ability to concentrate, a weakened immune system, plus a host of complications like diabetes and weight gain. But getting better sleep isn’t too hard. Here are a few tips and tricks to beat sleep deprivation.

1. Dim your room
One of the biggest obstacles against a good’s night rest is bright lights. Early humans never had to deal with artificial lighting and went to sleep when the sun did. Eventually, we developed what scientists call the circadian rhythm, an internal clock that tells us when to sleep and when to wake up. However, in our modern world, our bright, artificial lights disrupt our circadian rhythm. If you want to sleep better, you would need to avoid artificial lighting, from light bulbs to electronics.

If you really need to use your electronics before going to bed, there are apps that can dim your phone or tablet so that it doesn’t disrupt your circadian rhythm as much. However, it’s always a good idea to go to sleep without bright lights and electronics to get your body back to its proper circadian rhythm.

2. Keep your room cool
Aside from a dim room, another thing you should make sure of is to keep our room cool. According to studies, optimal temperatures for sleep are at 20 or 21 degrees Celsius. If you don’t have air conditioning, there are other things you could do to cool down your room. For example, open the windows of your room, or use sheets that are light and breathable.

3. Avoid caffeine
Everyone knows that you should avoid caffeine before going to sleep, but not everyone puts this knowledge to practice. Studies have shown that caffeine can affect your sleep even six hours after consumption, so avoid consuming caffeine late in the afternoon. Also remember that there are other sources of caffeine that you probably aren’t aware of, like tea, chocolate, and soda. To stay on the safe side, check the labels of your food when eating anything before bed.

4. Create an evening ritual
All of us have an evening routine, but not everyone has an evening ritual. Our routines usually consist of brushing our teeth, turning off the lights, and falling asleep (after few minutes—or hours– of tossing and turning). But what separates routines from rituals is the intention behind it; rituals make going to bed a thing that you can look forward to. A good ritual can include seemingly unnecessary things like a short walk, drinking a cup of caffeine-free tea, or a few minutes with a paperback, that can make going to bed an enjoyable experience.

Jun

How to Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a cheaper alternative to wall paint, although cleaning and maintenance is more difficult because it tends to absorb the dust, dirt, and stains in your home. So, how do you go about keeping it clean for many years?

Vacuum or Wipe Regularly
The simplest method to keep your wallpaper in great condition is to vacuum it regularly. If it is a textured or flocked wallpaper, use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Start from the top and work your way down one panel at a time. If the wallpaper is non-textured or flat, you can use a microfiber cloth attached to a sweeper.

Do Not Use Water
No matter what type of stain you need to remove, you should not use water to clean your wallpaper unless it’s a washable type. Neither should you scrub wallpaper because it could come off. There is a special cleaning chemical made for such a task called a wallpaper dough, which is commonly sold at DIY, hardware, and home décor stores in Singapore. Just roll and knead a handful of the dough over the stain to lift it.

Test Washable Wallpaper
If the manufacturer said that the wallpaper is washable, you should test a cleaning chemical first on an inconspicuous part before using the product. Dab a dampened cloth on a small area and observe if it absorbs water, runs, or changes color. If it does, then it means the wallpaper should not be washed.

Wipe Off Grease and Steam
Some parts of the house, like the kitchen, are exposed to grease and steam. Although a scheduled light washing every few months will remove most of the stain, you should make it a habit to wipe off heavily exposed wallpaper regularly with slightly dampened sponge in a water and dishwashing liquid mixture. Make sure that the sponge isn’t overly soaked then pat-dry the wallpaper surface with a clean towel. You can also install a waterproof sheet made for protecting wallpaper from grease and steam.

Vinyl Wallpaper Can Be Washed
There is only one type of wallpaper that can be safely washed with water, but you should avoid soaking the cleaning rag or sponge because the water can still get through the cracks and edges. Moisten the rag or sponge and do not apply a lot of pressure when wiping the wallpaper. Don’t forget to rinse then pat-dry the walls after cleaning with lukewarm water.

Some Stains Are Tough
For stains that cannot be removed with spot-treatment using wallpaper dough, press an absorbent cloth or paper towel against the stain, then iron the cloth or paper towel set at very low heat. The heat will eventually loosen the stain and transfer it to the cloth or paper towel.

Jun

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Now that you have a job, it is much easier to find money to pay the bills and save some for the future. But having money to buy most of the things you need also has its drawbacks. Add to that the lack of time to exercise because you’re always busy making money. Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself if your job is making you fat.

How many hours do you spend on your desk?
The most common cause for weight gain at work is lack of physical activity for days at a time. Most employees sit at their desks for hours, and that’s not healthy at all. You should take occasional breaks to stretch or walk around the office, although that’s not to encourage you to slack off.

How long do you need to commute?
Most employees start their day by traveling to the office, sitting for most of the eight hours at their desk, then spending some more time getting home. That means more time for sitting. Various studies have shown, however, that those who commute burn off more fat than those who drive to work. Walking and biking are also much healthier.

How do you spend your weekend and free time?
Check how you’re spending your free time and weekends away from work. Enjoying life is just as important as earning money for food and bills. Lack of physical activities and hobbies can cause more stress and therefore lead to various health problems. You should also check how your co-workers’ eating habits are affecting you. You may find yourself obligated to go on unhealthy lunches, parties, drinking and late night-outs. You shouldn’t avoid these completely, but you should also make an effort to say no occasionally.

Does your job trigger stress?
Stress can do things to your appetite, that is why some people turn to eating (or not eating) to compensate for the high levels of stress hormones that are wreaking havoc in the body. If you’re the type of employee who also needs to take home the job, your stress level is also much higher and will cause restless sleep that the body might compensate by making you feel hungrier. Employees in overnight shifts also tend to have more health problems that daytime employees, although the body will eventually adjust to the new schedule.

Does your food contain more calories?
Most fast-food are much more affordable than the fare sold at healthy restaurants, not to mention they’re also more accessible. For those who no longer have enough time to prepare a healthy meal, takeouts from the nearest fast-food chain are the most practical, but unhealthy option.

Does your company have wellness programs?
Not only should a good company be able to provide health incentives for its employees, but it is also partly responsible for keeping the personnel healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. One way of providing a way to de-stress is to set up wellness programs. However, only large companies are willing to invest in activities that they feel won’t bring in more profit.

May

Qualities to Look for in a Plumber

If you need plumbing services from a reliable plumber or invest in renovations with a plumbing contractor in Singapore, you should keep in mind these qualities and qualifications.

Preparation
A reliable plumber is prepared when called especially if it’s an emergency. During the first day of the job, the licensed plumber must have all the tools of the trade and knows all the functions of the equipment when asked for clarifications. Any plumbing works must not be entrusted to a plumber who still borrows items from you because they forgot to bring the required items.

Timeliness
A 24 hours plumber in Singapore should show up on time and will advise you how long you need to wait and instruct you what you should do in case there is a leak. If the plumbing services company respects your time, they will ask when it is most convenient for one oft heir plumbers to perform an inspection and will not be late for the job.

Respect for Property
If there is a major plumbing project in your home, the plumber might have to stay at your home for hours at a time. Any professional should know not to meddle with your affairs or poke around the areas in your house where they are not allowed. The plumbing services contractor to repair toilet pipe leakage should also have the sense to protect your home from any potential damage that might result from poor quality work.

Experience and Credentials
The first thing any reliable plumber in Singapore such as superplumbers.sg should show you are the credentials. He/she should be able to answer your questions about the problem in your plumbing, his/her experience with the same problem, and the type of training he/she went through. Besides the list of services, the plumber should show you a clear and updated pricing of the services and items.

Fair Prices
A clear estimate of the plumbing services should be discussed before any work can commence to avoid surprise charges. The more detailed the pricing or list, the better. If the plumber can only offer estimates, he/she should be upfront about the exact price he/she will ask from you instead of a vague answer. If possible, ask for a bill or statement so you can have a record or proof of the agreed price.

Good Communication Skills
A professional plumber should be able to answer any question about plumbing problems. Without having to be too technical about it, you should be able to understand what the plumber is trying to do to solve the problem and what are the possible steps to avoid experiencing the same issue in the future. Not all homeowners know how plumbing works and what the parts do after all.

Guarantee of Work
The plumber must be able to guarantee you quality work and is willing to correct mistakes if there are issues even after the repair. Even the best can make mistakes, but they should have plans to compensate for that.

May

Which Activities Should You Invest Your Time In?

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m too old to be doing this”? Well, if you have said that to yourself, it’s quite clear you’ve collected a good number of years. Some people do their bust to stay young and have become obsessed with trying to keep their spirits at youth. Now, there are some things we should never forget and there are some things that are better left in the past. How do we determine these?

Here are a few ways to determine which things we should bring with us into our age and things we should leave behind:

1. Can I still do it?
Maybe as simple as doing a hundred push-ups or maybe even doing a cartwheel, ask yourself if you can really do it. This is the first step since some people jump into conclusions right away. Some people without a doubt think that they are as fit and nimble as they used to be back then but sadly, they aren’t.

2. Is it still good for me?
Yikes! What would you gain if you are going to do the things you used to do. Now surely they did have a huge effect on your life either positive or negative. Ask yourself if what you want to do is actually good for you. There may be a huge gap between the age you used to do what you used to do and the age you are now. Let’s be honest, is it really still good for you?

3. What effect would this have on my future?
Now although you’ve collected quite a good number of years, you still have to make sure the rest of your years are spent productively. Hey, it may be an old habit you used to do to pass the time. Does it have a positive effect on your future or does it have a negative one? That’s entirely up to you to decide.

4. Is it worth it?
Now is it worth going through the trouble of reprogramming your life once again? After all, you’ve changed quite a bit. Is it wise to change back into who you used to be? Some things are great but then again not worth the trouble. Maybe you just miss the old days. Maybe it’s time to leave the past in the past.

To be young at heart has many definitions. In fact, you wouldn’t run out of ways to describe yourself as young at heart. You could think of something new every day to keep you feeling young. But hey, having a couple of years more than others is perfectly normal. Besides, there are people with a couple years more than yours.

May

A Night at The Ottomani

Where will you and your partner spend your next date? Well, there are definitely so many places out there you can spend a special evening in, but obviously you want the best! Let’s say you’re looking for a place that isn’t too popular but at the same time classy. Let’s say you want a place that’s private but also not isolated.

Let’s say you want a place that’s perfect for just you and your partner. Well, The Ottomani is a great place for you! Okay, some couples like to be seen being romantic in public, but maybe not you. Maybe you’d enjoy privacy with your partner because after all, the whole point of going out with your partner is to be with your partner and not with other people.

Maybe the Ottomani is the perfect place for you. Oh yeah! Here’s the best part, there’s also a bit of secrecy and adventure to this place. In fact, you might not even be able to spot it right away. Located next to the classy Fat Prince café and bar is one of the hidden jewels of Singapore, the Ottomani.

Inspired by restaurant in the Middle East, the Ottomani not only looks luxurious but also serves luxurious food making you and your partner fee like royalty. Enjoy your meals as you sit on plush couch for extra comfort and enjoyment. The best way to start your dining experience at the Ottomani is by going for the Hokkaido Scallops which cost about 24 Sing Dollars and are served with mojama (or salt-cured tuna), fennel, and pomelo amba, which provides the dish with some acidity.

Starting off with this dish is a guarantee in itself that your night will be perfect! Enjoy the night with your partner at the Ottomani. Oh yeah! Once you’re done with dinner and are looking to order a couple of drinks, you can just head over to the bar where you can enjoy a couple of drinks, a couple of laughs, and most importantly, a couple of smiles with your partner.

Don’t just fill the night with romance, turn the night into romance itself! You can’t go wrong with taking your partner to the Ottomani. It’d be really hard to ruin a night set in this perfect restaurant.

Finding the Ottomani might be quite hard which adds to the thrill but for your sake, here are the directions. We don’t want you to spend your Valentines having to roam around in circles. Better get a reservation! Even if this place isn’t flooded by the general public, other couples might also want to spend their Valentines at the Ottomani.

The Ottomani is located at 48 Peck Seah St 079317.