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Jun

How to Nail a Skype Interview

More and more employers in Singapore are conducting initial job interviews via Skype, hoping to get a better feel for applicants than a phone call interview provides. However, interviews done through video calls require a different type of preparation compared to traditional personal interviews. Here are five important tips to ensure you’re making a great impression from a distance.

1. Check Your Side of the Spectrum

To avoid possible destructions of your professional image, follow the fundamental rule of Skype interview: log into Skype 15 minutes before your scheduled interview and check your settings, including your profile picture, display name and your internet connection. Once you’re sure that you already look competent, you’re all set.

2. Dress Professionally—and Not Just from the Waist Up

They may never see what you’re wearing down there, but for your own good (in case you will need to stand up and reach for your resume on the other table), swap out those sweatpants for a pair of decent jeans. The more professional you look, the more professional you will feel. For the make-up, no need for full contour; just make sure to look tidy and office appropriate.

3. Prepare Your Background

Your space says as much as your appearance does. So, pick a quiet place to take the video call, without elaborate backdrop so you can be the focal point on the frame. Remove those band posters and photographic evidences of your friend’s bachelorette party, and keep everything in the background neutral.

4. Practice Beforehand

Doing a run through video call interview with a friend is helpful, because Skype calls can get awkward since you’ll have to retain yourself to look at the camera and not the computer screen. Play around and try different things beforehand, so that when it’s time for your interview, you can focus on your employer without getting distracted by the program.

5. Be Honest and Be Yourself

Do not hesitate to tell your interviewer that it’s your first time doing a video call interview. It helps break the ice, and most interviewers are very understanding (and even let you take a quick break if you’re feeling uncomfortable). Just answer the questions honestly and be yourself while the interview is going on.

Just like traditional face-to-face interview, online interviews allow employers to get a glimpse of your personality and know whether you’re fit for the job. Do your best to leave a great impression and perhaps qualify for a face-to-face interview or even get hired right away.

Jun

How to Clean Your DSLR Camera

Besides keeping your DSLR camera from humidity, water, dust and sand, you need to maintain its pristine quality by cleaning it. Here is a guide on how to clean each part and the other camera accessories.

Camera Exterior

First, remove all the accessories attached to your camera like the lens, strap, battery, memory card and covers. This is also a perfect time to recharge the battery. Then check visually for dirt or damage on the exterior of the camera. Make the sure the lens mount is still covered when you do this. Next, wipe the body using a dry, soft cloth. You can also look around at stores for lint-free cloth made for wiping gadgets. If there are stains that cannot be removed by wiping with dry cloth, use a non-alcoholic formula to moisten the cloth. Don’t spray it on the camera surface. You can also use toothbrush if the cloth does not work. Wipe or scrub gently on the parts made of leather to avoid damaging the material.

Sensor

There is no need to clean your sensor if you don’t change it too often. But if you think it needs cleaning, you can either dry clean or wet clean your camera’s sensor. First, you have to check how much dirt it has acquired by taking a photo. That will determine what type of cleaning it needs. Then put your DSLR camera into cleaning mode or mirror lock-up, which can be accessed in the menu. Next, press the shutter release button so that the mirror slides up. Use a blower to remove the dirt. Never try to touch anything inside. If the blower hasn’t removed the dirt, take your camera to a reputable cleaning shop.

Lens

The goal of keeping your lens clean is to be able to take clear pictures and to maintain the quality of the lens itself. Wiping off dust and dirt might damage the lens so you have to be careful. The first step is to clean the surface. Other people recommend using a rubber bulb blower or a lens cleaner and lint-free cloth. If there isn’t a lot of dirt, you don’t need to wipe the surface because minimal contact is much more preferable. If you need to spray a cleaning formula for more stubborn dirt, spray it on the cloth and not directly on the lens surface.

Filter

Cleaning filters uses the same process as cleaning the lenses. First, remove the filter then gently wipe with a lint-free cloth. For stains, spray a non-alcohol formula on the cloth then wipe the moist cloth on the filter. Always use cleaning formula made specifically for cameras.

Mirror

You should never try to touch or wipe the mirror. Use the blower to clean it. If it’s not dirty, there is no need to clean the mirror. Unlike the other parts, it’s very sensitive. If you think however that it needs cleaning, contact a reputable shop that can do it for you.

Apr

Which is Better: Headphones or Earphones?

 

Ever since portable music players and devices have become compact and smaller, it’s become more common to see people on the street or at work wearing headphones or earphones.

Which one works best for you? What are the qualities you should consider before choosing one? Let’s look at each of their qualities.

Headphones

Headphones are sound devices that are placed outside your ears and held in place by a headband. There are two types; over-ear and on-ear headphones. Over-ear headphones cover most of your ears while the on-ear headphones have lighter and smaller cups.

Headphones are great for canceling background noise if you want to concentrate on your homework for example. You do not need to turn up the volume to block all the sounds so the damage to your hearing is greatly reduced.

They do not rest too close to your inner ears and is the better choice if you want to avoid damaging your hearing especially if you have to wear headphones for hours.

It’s more expensive than earphones but it has great sound quality because of the addition of bass enhancers. Headphones are portable but they are bulky and heavier than earphones. It’s not the ideal choice during workouts.

Look for headphones that fit your head and rest on your ears comfortably. Comfort can be an issue because they are heavy and can mess up your hairstyle. It’s not ideal for people wearing glasses and earrings. There is a tendency for the ear cups to cause sweating as well or for the headband to slide off when it does not fit properly.

Earphones

Earphones or earbuds are placed in your pinna (the visible or outer part of your ear that sits outside the head). It’s smaller and considerably lighter than headphones, that is why it’s portable. It can fit in your pockets easily too.

It does not mess up your hair, earrings or eyeglasses because it’s not worn over your head. However, some people feel uncomfortable with the buds inserted in their ear. If the buds don’t fit properly, they tend to slide off.

Because they’re closer to your inner ears, noise reduction is not very effective. It does not block out all the noise so the users have a tendency to crank up the volume. It poses a greater risk of hurting your ears. According to studies, they add up to 9 decibels of volume because they are closer to your inner ears. People with sensitive hearing will feel uncomfortable.

The sound quality will vary depending on the brand and the features, but because it does not block out other external sounds, the quality will sometimes depend on how the buds are fitted in your ears.

The Verdict

Headphones generally have better sound quality, noise reduction and less risk damaging your hearing. Earphones however are portable and more comfortable. Pick the one that suits your needs and lifestyle. Or you could get both so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Apr

Time Management for Gamers

 

For most gamers, it’s always a struggle to try to balance time between our favorite hobby and school or work. So what do we need to do to be able to enjoy both? After all, some of us work so we can sustain our hobbies. And one can certainly not skip school just to play. Some need an avenue to relieve stress, and that is what gaming is for, but the temptation to stay up all night or skip some days is so great.
 

 
Here are some tips that might help.

  1. Keep everything fun in what you’re doing. If gaming really is your passion, don’t look at your studies or your job as hindrances. Think of them as parts of a game and you’re the playable character. Unlike games, however, restarting in real life will not be easy if you make significant mistakes in your decision-making.

 

  1. Always keep your schedule in mind. It’s easier to plan ahead if you know what you need to do in a week, especially during your free time. There are no surprises ahead. Failing to prepare is like stumbling onto a dungeon boss without having enough health potions to get you through. Finish what you need to do early like homework and studying so you have more time for playing.

 

  1. Priorities should alwayscome first. If you’re a student, getting good grades should be your motivation. Think of getting good marks as a method of leveling up. If you’re a good student with excellent grades, you have more opportunities in the future. Think of opportunities as access to new missions and better equipment.

 

 

  1. Getting sick will keep you from gaming. You will have to skip some days for school or work if you get sick. Not having enough sleep and not eating right will lower your body’s natural defense system. Think of your immune system as your armor. You would not go into a fight without your best equipment right? So why go on living as if there’s no tomorrow. If you get sick often, chances are, you won’t get to play as much either.

 

  1. Gaming should motivate you. It’s quite alright to do what you love. That does not mean however that you should ignore other aspects of your life. Finishing your studies will allow you to look for jobs in the future, while getting a job will allow you to sustain your hobbies. The more things you can afford, the happier you will be. Gaming is an expensive hobby. You need a job to sustain it.

 

  1. Know the limits of your body. It is much easier for students to find a window in their schedule. For those who are already working, the weekends is the only option, not unless you’re willing to lose some sleep for late night gaming. This should be avoided as you will lose focus during the day. Sleep is also essential for health. Remember that a healthy gamer will have more time to play in the future.

 

Apr

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

When it comes to breast cancer, there are two definite facts: one out of eight women will be diagnosed with the disease, and that this disease is the top cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Singapore. Still, there are a lot of information about the disease that’s just not true. To clear things up, this article tackles misinformation about breast cancer so that you can make more informed decisions with regards to your health.

1. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Occurs to Women

Fact: Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too, although it’s a hundred times less common among them. For men, the lifetime risk of acquiring breast cancer is about one in 1,000. Diagnoses of the disease usually come at the later stage for men, which causes the significant increase in their mortality rate. Some of the signs of breast cancer among men include lumps, swelling, nipple discharge, and skin dimpling.

2. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Happen to Older Women

Fact: When it comes to age, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. Although increasing age is a risk factor for getting breast cancer, it doesn’t mean that younger women are not vulnerable to the disease. In fact, it tends to be more aggressive in younger women. To better understand your risk of acquiring breast cancer, know your family history – both maternal and paternal histories – and consult your doctor.

3. MYTH: Every Breast Cancer is the Same

Fact: According to a study conducted by Singapore health experts, there are different types of breast cancer. Researchers are now discovering that the major subtypes of the disease – HER2-Positive, Triple Negative, and Luminal A and B – can be further classified into sub-categories with different progression patterns and response to treatment, which opens the door to more individualized treatment plans.

4. MYTH: The Disease is Always in the Form of Lump

Fact: Lump formation is a sign of breast cancer, but there are other signs during your breast cancer screening in Singapore that can point to a breast cancer diagnosis, such as skin irritation, nipple inversion, swelling, redness, or discharge other than breast milk.

5. MYTH: Deodorant and Wired Bras Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: This is one misinformation that has been easily debunked by research. A study conducted by a group of health experts found that bra-wearing habits, such as using an underwire bra or number of hours worn, are not linked with an increased risk of breast cancer among post-menopausal women. In addition, there’s no conclusive evidence associating the use of deodorants and antiperspirants with developing breast cancer Singapore.

6. MYTH: Regular Mammograms are Not Necessary

Fact: Although proper diet and exercise reduces the risk of getting breast cancer, scientists still don’t fully understand what really causes breast cancer – or the impact of other factors – and that’s why health experts recommend having regular mammogram screenings as an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit your doctor to know when you should start having an annual mammogram screening, since the age you should start getting them may vary depending on the medical history of your family.

7. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Affects Those with Family History of the Disease

Fact: Unfortunately, anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer. About 70 percent of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable risk factors. Still, having a first-degree family member (sibling, parent or child) with breast cancer doubles your risk of acquiring the disease, but it’s still possible to get it even without any family history.

8. MYTH: Busty Women Are More Likely to Get Breast Cancer

Fact: Breast size doesn’t really contribute to breast cancer Singapore, but breast density does. Breasts with higher densities have an increased likelihood of getting breast cancer. The only sure way to know about your breast density is to have a mammogram screening, but do know that breast density is typically lower in large breasts.

9. MYTH: Mastectomy is Needed if You’re Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Fact: Although it’s necessary in some cases, this belief is not entirely true. Depending on the stage of your breast cancer, your oncologist may recommend undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, mastectomy, or a combination of these treatments. Diagnosis of breast cancer, especially if it’s detected early enough, doesn’t always mean that you’ll lose the affected breast.

10. MYTH: Miscarriage and Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: While there are evidences that having children before the age of 30 reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, there’s no research to support the idea that early end of pregnancy through abortion or miscarriage could increase one’s risk of getting breast cancer.

11. MYTH: Breast Implants Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: A good news for those who are thinking of reducing or enhancing their bust size is that there’s no proven link between increased breast cancer risk and breast plastic surgeries. Implants can make mammograms difficult, but it won’t increase your chances of developing the disease. In fact, women who’ll undergo breast reduction surgery might see a decrease in their breast cancer risk.

12. MYTH: Radiation Emitted by Screening Tests Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: Although mammograms give off a small amount of radiation, its radiation dose is much lesser than a standard chest X-ray. It’s such a low level that it won’t increase your breast cancer risk. Also, know that ultrasounds and MRIs (Magnetic Resource Imaging), which can also be used to screen breast cancer, contain no radiation at all.
Armed with these breast cancer facts, you’re now capable of reducing your risk of developing the disease or planning a treatment in case you develop breast cancer.

Mar

Types of Toxic People You Will Meet in Your Life

 

Remember that people can either inspire you or drain you – you just need to choose wisely. Here in Singapore, you are not coerced into a relationship you do not want. Now the challenge really is how to choose your friends, colleagues and acquaintances wisely. You have to look closely and rid yourself of people that will drain you.

Toxic people will surely undermine your self-confidence and spread negativity. It is time that you look for positive stimuli in your life so you can survive this jungle. Do not shut off everyone completely. Here are the types of toxic people that you will meet in your life:

Those that are like sponges

There are those that are like sponges – absorbing all your time. This may be a friend or a colleague. They will repeatedly take hold of your time like robbers. They take everything and never returning anything. In any relationship, it should be give and take.

Those that criticize too often

There is nothing wrong if you get positive criticism at times but you have to be careful if that person is engaging in relentless criticism of you and other people. If you notice that the criticism is not at all constructive or positive, it is time that you leave that relationship.

Those that are negative thinkers

Life is a mix of positive and negative things but some people see everything negatively no matter the circumstance. You have to keep away from these people because negativity is like a contagious disease. You cannot just get “vaccinated” and live with it. If you are with these kinds of people, you will be dragged into the abyss.

Those that snap easily

It is normal that you will snap but there are others who snap easily and you should avoid them. Letting off their steam is important and they do not care who or when they will burst.

Those that do not show compassion

Friendship is nothing without compassion. If your friend do not show compassion, that is the time that you have to let it go. Compassion means lending an ear or understanding one’s problem and if your friend is short of compassion, you will be left holding everything.

Those who lie

You will have no normal conversation with a friend who lies. Dishonesty hurts more than anything else and it is time that you should avoid people who constantly lie to you to save their asses.

Now that you know the types of toxic people you will meet at some point in your life, it is up to you if you let them influence how you see life.

Mar

Safety Advisories for Pokemon Go Players

 

Kids and the kids at heart are gaga over the new game Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is extremely popular not only here in Singapore but around the world developed by Niantic, Inc. In fact, it surpassed Candy Crush Saga, which was the most downloaded game in the history. Everyone welcomed the game but the developers never could have anticipated the safety repercussions it presented.

Many reports claimed that the game lead to more accidents and cases of trespassing. In fact, there are players who reported of getting robbed because they were too engrossed to notice other people around them. The non-playing society is showing concerns. If you are into this game, to give your parents or loved ones peace of mind when hunting, you have to heed the following safety advisories:

Do ocular inspections

The good news is that most of the Poke Gyms or Stops are in public places but still you should never be complacent. Things happen too even in broad daylight and in public places. To be safe, you should first conduct ocular inspections before actually indulging there. Know the neighbourhood especially if you are new at the scene. Researching the area is the best thing that you can do for your safety and protection.

Look for someone with the same interest

Two is not a crowd. In fact, being with someone in a new place will give you peace of mind. If you know someone with the same interest, invite him/her to join you in Poke Gyms or Stops so you do not have to deal with everything alone.

Be attentive of your surroundings

It is too easy to be lost in the abyss especially if you are enjoying it. That is dangerous because you might not make it back in one piece. Many people with crazy intentions will target you and if you are not attentive, you will be stripped off of something. If you are in a urban place, make sure to cross the street attentively. That is a start.

Do not consider trespassing

Trespassing can get you in jail so you better be careful which fence you cross or climb. If it is private property, you should not pursue it unless you have the permission of the owner. If you are very persistent about it, you should simply ask the permission of the owner.

Do not go out at night

Hunting for Pokemons at night is not a good thing because many things are bound to happen in the dark. Do not give other people motives to harass or abuse you. As much as possible go while there is light.

When playing, always exercise extreme caution especially if you are a stranger in a specific Poke Stops or Gyms. Good luck!

Feb

5 Beauty Tips from Flight Attendants You Can Use In Real Life

 

Count on flight attendants to know the best beauty tips that’ll keep your hair and make-up flawless even in high altitudes. These beauties spend so much time flying that they need reliable hair and make-up routine to keep them picture perfect while suffering from the unglamorous state of severely dry skin and frizzy hair.

How do flight attendants keep themselves looking fresh and radiant after long hours of flight? Here are some of their best kept secrets we can borrow from them.

  1. Make Your Skin a Priority

It always starts with good skin. The better skin you have the lesser make-up you’ll need. If you’re someone who’s always on the go, pamper your skin whenever you’re not flying. This means exfoliate at least once a week and treat your skin with hydrating face masks or nourishing facial serums every after a flight. You can even do face masks every night if you like.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Wherever you go, don’t forget to bring water with you. We suggest bringing your own water bottle (leave it empty before checking in and fill it up after security checkpoints) to avoid spending extra on water. Water is your skin’s best friend, especially when you’re up in the air for 12 long hours.

  1. Use Facial Spray

If you haven’t tried facial mist, then you definitely need to include this in your to-buy list for your next trip to the drugstore. This water spray is packed with minerals to revitalize your skin and freshen up your make-up. You definitely need one to instantly get rid of cakiness after the dry cabin air has sucked the moisture out of your face.

  1. Go For Cream Make-Up Products

As much as possible, you want to avoid powders as they add to the dryness of the face when on board a plane. When travelling, go less with skin-drying make-up and go for creamy variants such as bb creams and cream blushes. Other than adding a bit of hydration to the face, they are much easier and quick to apply.

  1. Bring a Small Tub of Petroleum Jelly

A small tub of petroleum jelly in your purse will save you from a number of beauty blunders. It can be used to keep your hair bun in place, your ends less frizzy and your lips from chapping. Whenever you need some, remember that a little bit goes a long way. You don’t want to look like a grease ball for slopping too much on your hair or anywhere you need it.

Stress-free travelling is about being prepared. Hopefully, with these tips from the real stars of the sky, flying would be much easier and more fun for you.

Feb

5 Things Successful People Secretly Do

 

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey—these names come to mind when we think of successful people.  And although all the mentioned names are great examples of successful individuals, there are so many others out there who are successful in their own right.

However, with their habits, they tend to do the same things. It is their habits and behaviours that set successful people apart from the ordinary folks who just clock in and out of the office nine to five every day, not looking to get ahead.

If you want to become one of the greats and be successful someday, here are the secrets that successful people do to get ahead in life.

  1. They Create a Healthy Network

One of the things successful people do secretly is creating a good network. Going too far and creating bigger network than your intentions could lead to connections catching a glimpse of your business strategy and future products. In the professional world, choosing people to be part of your network should be done smartly and quietly in order to maintain the health of your business.

  1. They Incubate Their Ideas

Successful people keep their ideas until the right time. Even if you know that your idea can lead to a successful venture or project, you should know that it takes time to refine a concept before it becomes bullet-proof. In addition, take note that competitors are happy to steal unique ideas, so it’s always better to remain quiet as you’re perfecting the plan until you are ready to put the plan in action.

  1. They Manage Their Employees Ethically

Another thing that successful people do is manage their employees privately and with respect. Employees prefer when their superiors talk to them in private. This way, you avoid potentially embarrassing them in front of their co-workers and preserve the professional atmosphere in the workplace.

  1. They Take Care of Challenges Privately

Same thing with being too open about new ideas, sharing too much information about your current problems might give your competitors an edge. Not only that, when your colleagues or bosses know that you’re too stressed out with the given task, you could appear less capable of bigger responsibilities. If you often complain about feeling overwhelmed, you might miss out on better opportunities or a promotion.

  1. They Invest

Lastly, something successful people do discreetly is investing. Whether you’re investing in stocks or real estate, giving away details of your investment may come off as cocky, especially when you’re sharing this with less financially secured individuals. Also, divulging too much information about your new investments is another way to give your competitors an opportunity to sabotage your success.

Success comes with hard work and strategic planning. If you’re not doing any of these today, it’s time to practice these habits, so you get your well-deserved success.

Jan

Guidelines in Finding the Best Fitness Supplements

 

When heading to the health and fitness center, you need to take supplements in order to support your nutritional needs. There are several choices available in the marketplace; nonetheless, this can make deciding daunting for you especially as a newcomer in fitness center. You don’t need to start weak though. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss a couple of tips how you can narrow down your list and ascertain what gym supplements would work best for you.

  1. Classify the needs you must have

Never permit sales agents tell you what you need. When you purchase a supplement, think about first what exactly you’re seeking out in a product. Otherwise, you might just be spending money on something you do not need. Identify the objective you would like to obtain as you go the workout center and in line with that, clearly define what you need in the supplement to help you with. Do you want gym supplements that encourage muscle growth so you’ll not have to count on weightlifting or resistance training programs alone to develop your figure?

Have you always experienced problems undertaking your nutritional needs purely from food stuff, and want health supplements that can fill your body’s requirement for vitamins and nutrients? Are you presently worried that your system will not be able to adjust as fast on your different regimen and that it might destruct your health? When you’ve listed these factors down, you should begin polishing your possible choices. You do not have to go around online stores aimlessly.

 

  1. Look at the substances

After you’ve reduced down your choices, it’s time to analyze the list of ingredients. You don’t have to read about all technical information before you can determine if a number of supplements will be a great fit for your needs. Just do some research regarding the adverse effects of components on the product and spend some time in examining precision of information you discover.

In order to make things less complicated, start browsing in advance to not have information overload. You don’t need to dedicate your entire weekends or nights after doing work for your serious exploration. You can also seek the advice of your pharmacist for expert assistance. You will need this especially if you’re consuming prescribed drugs right now. Be sure that the gym supplements wouldn’t disrupt your medications.

 

  1. Read customer feedback

The other way you can determine the effectiveness of a product is by reading product reviews. You cannot definitely believe what is written on product information simply because the content is designed for promotional purposes. However, you can browse the world-wide-web to look for individuals that honestly used the products. Be careful of all out reviews that are positive that provide you useless information. Take note, however, that people have particular preferences. If you check out one undesirable review, don’t feel disheartened right away.

Check out the substance of the testimonials. In case you’re confident with it, you can also send a personal message to any person, specifically if you see you have similar cases, and privately enquire about their experience using the supplements. While you’re at it, check the profile of the person too. This can help make the interaction a bit less awkward if you can start smooth; let’s say you can discuss more of your corresponding interests with the person.

You can also start ordering in smaller quantities or any item at a less expensive price in order to ensure that shipping goes efficiently and very quickly. If you’re provided with a tracking information, well then that’s really good. You can effortlessly verify the status of your item. If you are completely happy just how the transaction goes, then again, that’s a great sign you can go ahead and get the supplements from the web-based shop.

Jan

Giving Your Business an Edge Through CRM

 

All of the companies would need certain kind of computer software at present, from Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, to Content Management Software (CMS); the choices are remarkable and absolutely unending. There’s a lot to take into account when it comes to selecting the right software for your company, and among the major decisions you should come up with is if to choose bespoke software or a ready-made merchandise.

In the following paragraphs, we will look into each one of factors why the former option is the ideal way to select. In terms of bespoke software, the solution is personalised precisely to the business’s needs. This brings everything you need today and offers you the flexibility to develop as time goes on. This guarantees a much higher degree of effectiveness since you can be certain that you will utilise each of the features of the software, and no parts of it will be duplicated.

Moreover it means that you’ve got the most effective platform for business expansion later on, as the applications option would not hinder you. You could learn that this provides you with a competitive edge since no one possesses the same software program as you that will have a good impact on productivity levels and customer satisfaction. The main reason company owners choose ready-made products is due to the fact they believe they are far cheaper.

However, you can avoid spending too much money in the long run with bespoke software. Once you own the bespoke software, you won’t need to think about paying for any extra per user fees as your business expands, that is commonly the scenario with ready-made computer software solutions. You could also boost your levels of security too because hackers are more unlikely to breach your system, because tailor-made software program is much harder for them to exploit for the reason that they’re going to need to do a big attempt to learn the techniques to infiltrate the system.

Moreover, you will understand that bespoke software is far simpler to work with, and it is because it’s designed to perform how you work. This fits your working tactics with optimal precision, which then signifies there will be lower mistakes even though less supervision will be necessary yet quality will improve at once. You could even incorporate the computer software option with another software packages you are currently using to enhance efficacy levels at your company.

In comparison, ready-made products are inflexible, rigid and could often have an unfavourable impact on quality and productivity, compared to a great one. Perhaps, at this point you have a much better awareness of the reasons as to why bespoke software is a better alternative than off-the-shelf products. The single thing you have to accomplish now is look for an excellent business to design and create a software option for you.

Nov

A Woman’s Guide for Hair Loss

 

Many people think that only men suffer from hair loss. Women too suffer from hair loss – although there are more cases of men than women. It is more alarming for women because of tassels of hair washing down the drain. The sight of clogging hair will make you panic but you have to keep calm and not consider wigs.

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Female hair loss is actually on the rise today whether hair thinning or hair loss. It is time that you need to know about hair loss for women.

What is normal?

You should know that hair loss is common and normal. According to hair experts, the normal falling out is from 1 to 100 hairs at any one time. If hairs fall out more than 100, thinning happens. You should not panic though. Men and women lose thickness as we age. If you are worried, you should go to a hair specialist here in Singapore right away. It is better to see the experts immediately because it can be reversed easier in its initial stages. These specialists will determine what is causing it and eventually make remedy.

What is causing it?

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There are different things causing hair loss. Experts think that it can be a combination of many things. One of the main causes of hair loss is stress. When the body is stressed out, it yields toxins that leads to imbalance and eventually decrease progesterone levels. This decreased progesterone levels can in fact cause hair loss. Other things that cause hair loss include thyroid disorder, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, crash diets, cancer treatments, autoimmune diseases and anaemia.

When should you fear?

As long as you shed not more than 100 hairs at one time, you are safe. If it is beyond that, you should be concerned. If there is an excessive hair loss that’s been going on for longer than three months, it needs to be addressed. It can be stress or as dire as an underlying disease.

What are the treatments for hair loss?

If you notice shedding more than the normal, it is very crucial that you go to hair experts right away. The first thing that should be determined is whether it is a symptom of an underlying disease or purely genetics. If there is a serious underlying condition, it should be treated so the hair loss can be upturned. Some treatments include surgical restoration, laser comb and topical treatments. There are things that you can do at home to minimize hair loss such as organic shampoo, balanced diet, massaging and the like.

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Nov

Regret Sending a Text? Delete it With These Apps

 

Communication plays an important part in the conduct of our daily lives. Without it, the world will surely be in chaos. There are different mediums of communication. One can consider telephone, internet or mobile phones. The most convenient these days is sending text messages through mobile phones. Mobile phones ease the lives of everyone – with a touch of hand.

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Having mobile phones and sending text messages readily can create problems if used wrongly. Sometimes text messages can be the source of misunderstanding especially if you sent it to the wrong person or it is the right person but it turned out you regretted sending it. Perhaps the most challenging scenario is sending something that you eventually regretted.

If you sent something that you do not mean, how you wish to take it all back. In the past, taking it back is not possible but the best thing that ever happened to text messaging is deleting it after sending in regret. This is called text remorse and it is popular among Singaporeans. Everyone experienced sending messages that was only a good idea at that time but eventually turned out to be the worse text message.

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The text messages not thought before sending are devastating. If it involves work, you will surely have no work at the end of the day. If it is relationship, you will find yourself single at the end of the conversation. To avoid unpleasant episodes after sending text messages, you should learn to check thoroughly before actually sending it.

This seems to be an easy thing to say but sometimes it is hard to do. The good news is that there is an application now that can delete the message after your remorse. The app is called Privates. It promises to delete messages from the recipient’s phone even after you hit send. You can delete as long as the person did not read the messages yet.

The app has three security levels – mild, wild and insane. These security levels will delete unread messages after three, twelve or twenty four hours. The catch here is you should use the app to message people. For this, you need to be signed up. The greatest thing about this app is that it has security function that makes it difficult for someone to screen grab photos as well as some messages.

To date, this application is only available for iPhone users. Windows and Android users need not fret because developers will surely launch it in the near future.

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Nov

12 Things Your Plumber Wish You Wouldn’t Do

When your home’s plumbing system is working properly, you don’t even care how you’re using it. But once trouble strikes, you are at the mercy of your plumbing contractor. Here are some things your plumber wish you knew about your plumbing system to avoid extensive plumbing problems.

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1. Using Chemicals to Clear Drains

Skip using chemicals to unclog drains and pipes—they rarely get the all the way done. These commercial cleaners are usually too strong that they can ruin the pipes and the tools used to clear the clogs. To prevent stoppages in the first place, do not flush grease and hair down the drain.

2. You Don’t Know Where the Main Shut-Off Valve Is

Don’t be clueless of the location of the main water valve and the emergency shut-offs of your home’s water line. And while you’re at it, know how to turn on and off these valves. It’s easy to operate, but if you’d prefer to let a professional show you how, most plumbers in Singapore can provide inspection of emergency shut-off valves for free.

3. Trying to Fix the Problem Yourself

Avoid trying to fix any plumbing issue yourself, or hire an all-around handyman from an emergency plumbing contractor service in Singapore to do the job. Non-professionals have limited knowledge about the problem and may not accurately detect and fix the problem. Whereas with a professional and reliable plumber, you can be confident that issues will be diagnosed and fixed quickly and efficiently.

4. Using Drop-In Toilet Fresheners

Forget the drop-in toilet fresheners. While the blue water makes the toilet look clean, these tablets often have chemicals that wear out the working parts of the tank. Plus, as these fresheners disintegrate, they get stuck in the flush valve and eventually prevent the toilet from flushing.

5. Throwing Everything In the Toilet

Even if some items can be easily flushed, avoid throwing tissues, cotton balls, diapers and napkins into the toilet. Because these items do not disintegrate quickly, they will get stuck in the drain and eventually cause blockages. After use, throw your sanitary items in the garbage bin instead of flushing them down the toilet.

6. Overloading the Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a convenient kitchen tool, but it can easily be abused at times. If you put too much rubbish in it, the garbage can damage the blades and end up costing you quite a lot of money. Fibrous food debris, such as artichokes and celery, can cause major issues to your machine. As much as possible, slowly feed the rubbish into the disposal with running water.

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7. Forgetting to Replace the Hoses

When you start noticing leaks or paddles of water somewhere near your washing machine hoses or any hoses you have at home, inspect your rubber hoses for any cracks or signs of damage. Avoid potential floods by replacing the hoses every five years, and go for stainless steel ones, as much as possible.

8. Fiddling With the Heater’s Pressure Valve

Do not drain the water heater or test the pressure and temperature valve yourself. Testing of the water heater should only be done by a professional plumber. If the valve is not removed properly, the pressure can disperse hot water that can cause serious skin burns.

9. Cramming Stuff Under the Sink

Those curved pipes under the sink, called drain traps, prevent sewer gases from entering your home, while letting waste water pass through. These traps connect to pipes with screw-on joints, making it easier for your plumber to remove the part when cleaning clogged drains. When these joints come lose or the drain pipes are damaged, it can lead to under-sink leaks. Prevent such leaks by keeping the area under your sink clutter-free. This means pulling cleaners, trash cans or fire extinguishers away from the area so that there’s nothing that will bump into the pipes.

10. Ignoring the Puddle of Water Around the Base of the Toilet

The water doesn’t have to be a lot. Just a small puddle or constant wetness around the base could mean failure of wax seal on the foot of the toilet. Though it doesn’t look too problematic, leaking water can damage your flooring tile, leading to moulds, rot and expensive repair. Ave yourself the trouble by letting it checked by a 24 hours plumber as soon as possible.

11. Skimping on Water Protection System

Do not skimp on water protection system. Invest on a good leak protection system that provides both a main water switch and an alarm if a leak occurs somewhere in your dishwasher, heater, sinks and other water outlets. Discuss this with your plumbing services company and ask for recommendations for this service.

12. Opting for Non-Professionals

Non-professional plumbers have no formal training about plumbing works; therefore, it’s not impossible for them to fail. And when this happens, the problem becomes worse, and you’re left with a bigger problem to fix. Since we all want to get the job done on the first try, which saves you time and money, contact only a professional plumbing contractor.

Plumbing services companies in Singapore are there to help you with the most inconvenient and complex plumbing works. Try to be aware of the common problems and prevent them before they arise by educating yourself of the right ways of treating your plumbing system.

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Oct

Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer

When choosing a wedding photographer, it’s crucial that you pay close attention to the photography packages that he/she is offering. Aside from assessing the person’s skills, knowing the types of services that they offer will give you a better idea about the kind and quality of service you’ll get. To make things easier for you, we listed some important questions you should ask your photographer about your Korean wedding photography package.

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1. Is photography your main business? What percentage of your work involves wedding photography?

One of the first things that you should do is to gauge how much experience your prospective photographer has in doing wedding and overseas photoshoot. Photographers’ skillsets and time commitments often vary – some work as part-time wedding photographers only, while others perform other photography jobs (e.g. portraits and studio photoshoots). Hiring someone who dabbles on other forms of photography has pros and cons: in one hand, he has a wider range and may be able to bring more styles into your package; on the other hand, wedding photography may not be his strongest suite.

2. What photography styles do you specialize in? What are included in your photography package?

Before deciding on which Korean wedding photography package to take and photographer to hire, it would be best to know about the photography styles that are included in your wedding photography package. Will your photographer focus more on taking posed shots or will he use a reportage style to capture spontaneous moments of the event? Will he use certain photography effects like shooting in black and white or sepia, or using special color filters?

3. What equipment are you going to use for the photoshoot?

Aside from the photography styles, your Korean wedding photography package should also include the type of cameras that will be used on the wedding day. If you’re not familiar with the equipment included in the package, do some research online or get the opinion of a friend who’s knowledgeable about cameras and photography.

If you’re going to hold a garden wedding or an evening event, then your photographer might need to use shades and special lightings, which you would probably also need for your overseas photoshoot package, if you’re going to have that. Lastly, your Whitelink korean pre-wedding photography shoot from Singapore should detail how your photos will be edited – will it be altered digitally or will it be given more intense colour?

4. Can you show us a complete album of a recent wedding that you covered?

While sample photos are great, seeing a complete album of wedding photographs is equally important to see how the entire event was covered. Pay attention to the style used in the photos and see if it matches what you have in mind for your own wedding. Also, keep a mental checklist of the special elements and moments that they covered before and during your wedding (e.g. the bridal dresses, rings, wedding gowns, first dance, etc.). Think about your album as a whole – it should be able to evoke your emotions and give a good sense of your wedding day.

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5. Will you also take charge in photographing my wedding day? What are your plans if in case you’re unable to attend my wedding due to unforeseen circumstances?

If you’re hiring a photographer through a bridal studio, then expect to have your appointment booked with an agent or a sales representative. Don’t just settle for this: schedule a follow-up meeting with the actual photographer so that you could get a sense of their demeanour and personality before signing up with them. It would also be a good idea to ask what their plans are in case an emergency occurs and they won’t be able to attend your wedding. It’s crucial for you to have a solid backup plan so you won’t end up panicking in search for a replacement if they back out from your wedding in the last minute.

6. Are there any extra costs in the wedding photography package you are offering?

Another important question to ask your wedding photographer is whether there will be extra costs in the package. To avoid getting surprise fees, have him provide you with a list of all the potential costs included in the package. Inquire about how much your photographer will charge you for an extra album copy or for photo prints, as well as for hiring a second photographer in case you want to do a Korea pre-wedding shoot.

Other than that, you should also check if they will be charging you for the travel costs of your overseas photoshoot. Knowing all the hidden fees of a photography package will tell you more about it and help you decide whether or not it’s worth choosing that package.

7. Will I be able to get a refund in case you failed to do your job?

Aside from having an idea of the extra costs of your wedding photography, it’s also important to know which circumstances will allow you to get refunds from your photographer. Refunds on your photography package can be claimed when certain shots on your list are missed due to circumstances your photographer can handle (e.g. coming in late for your wedding). If forces beyond his control, such as uncompliant guests and bad weather, contribute to the lack of photos however, then you won’t be given any refund.

This work both ways though, because cancelling your wedding in the last minute will allow your photographer to keep your retainer – the 25 to 50 percent of your total bill upon signing with his photography studio or the bridal studio he’s working for.

Knowing what your chosen Korea pre-wedding and wedding photography package offers is a great way to tailor that particular package to your own needs. Asking the right questions and being informed about the details of your chosen package will give you an idea whether or not it’s a worthy purchase.

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