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Sep

Rainproof Your Beauty Look

5 Beauty Switches worth Making This Rainy Season

 

As summer recently came to an end, we’re now facing the monsoon season that’s probably going to give you oily skin, frizzy hair and makeup dripping down your face. The rainy season can be extremely confusing time for our skin. While humidity put our sebaceous glands on an overdrive, the constant rain can have a drying effect. Worry not though, for we have consulted some makeup gurus on what beauty switches you should make to match the changes in the weather.

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  1. Opt for Lightweight Sunscreens

Just because the sun isn’t out, it doesn’t mean that its harmful UV ray are not sneakily wreaking havoc on your skin. So make sure that you apply a high SPF sunscreen for an optimum protection before going out of your house. Opt for sunscreens that have lightweight and moisturizing formula to go with the rainy weather.

  1. Change into Cushion Compacts

Put your liquid foundations on vacation and turn to cushion compacts to leave your skin feeling fresh and looking dewy all day long. Choose one that contains antioxidants and SPF to ensure that your skin stays on its top shape even with the pollution in the city.

  1. Use Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

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Don’t you just hate how flat your strands become when the weather starts to get colder? Fret not, and bring life back to your hair by using a volumizing conditioner and shampoo combo. For an added maintenance, perform a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a week.

  1. Go Waterproof

One of the biggest switches you should make is to choose waterproof makeup, particularly eye makeup. Purchase good waterproof eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow beforehand. Your eye makeup will make you look your worst when they run, and they can even get into your eyes when they’re smudged.

  1. Keep Your Makeup Light and Simple

Opt for an easier and more natural look for days when the weather is gloomy. Regardless of what products you apply, there’s still a chance that they’ll run or wear off any time of the day. If you’re comfortable with skipping makeup for a day, then go for it. Otherwise, keep it light and simple. After all, you wouldn’t want to look like a wet clown on your way to work.

Now that you know what beauty switches to make avoiding frizzy hair, oily skin and running makeup in a rainy weather is already made easier. So keep these switches in mind to keep your beauty look intact even if it’s pouring hard outside.

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Sep

An Introvert’s Guide to Enjoying Group Travels

 

Travelling solo has its own perks, but so does travelling in groups. Even the most introverted traveller will surely agree that getting outside of your comfort zone is of the main reasons to travel. That said, we’ve listed down some tips on how an introvert like you can equally recharge and engage on your next trip.

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  1. Feel the Excitement

One of the best ways to enjoy your group travel is to get excited about it. Ramping up some positive thoughts about your group trip will definitely make it seem less daunting to you. Also, consider doing some research about your destination beforehand to know more about the place, as well as to convince yourself that travelling with a group is way better than just being in your home alone.

  1. Free Up Your Schedule

Fill your days before and after your trip with lots of alone time. Give yourself a night of solitude with a good book, a glass of wine and a bubble bath before hitting the road with your circle of friends. After all, nothing discourages an introvert the most from group travels than failing to have a proper ‘me’ time to decompress and relax.

  1. Engage With Others on Night One

Group dynamics are often established on the first or second day of the trip, so you need to employ some strategy here. One of the best strategy is to stay up late and take the initiative to engage with your travel buddies as soon as the trip begins.

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Contrary to popular belief, introverts are not antisocial, awkward or shy. They just take some time to process everything internally. Showing your sociable side early on your trip will help you have an easier time disengaging or hanging back later on, and it won’t be seen by others as being aloof or rude.

  1. Create Opportunities for an Alone Time

Just because you’re travelling in group doesn’t mean that you can’t have some time alone. Think ahead and see where you can insert your little solo moments. You can wake up an hour earlier to sip your coffee in silence, or take the opportunity to explore the beach on your own. Adding some ‘me’ time moments on your trip will definitely make the experience less exhausting and more worthwhile.

  1. Schedule Refuelling Days

Add an extra day or two of staying alone after your trip ends and before returning home so you can create some space to transition back into reality. If this is not an option, schedule a day when you return home for some nap and other activities to fill up your energy bank.

Going on a group travel is one of the best ways to satisfy your wanderlust if you’re hesitant to travelling solo. Just make sure that you understand what your needs are and you go with an energy management plan in mind. You’ll definitely be surprised on what you’ll learn about yourself in the process.

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Jul

Skincare Mistakes You Might be Doing Everyday

 

You might think that you know what’s really best for your skin, but we bet that you’re still committing some of these harmful skincare mistakes every day without even realizing it. To enlighten you, we’ve listed down some of the skincare mistakes that you might be making – and should get rid of to achieve a flawless complexion.

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  1. Washing Your Face Too Fast

While it’s great that you’re washing your face daily, failing to wash it long enough might be causing more harm than good. If you just rub your cleanser over your face for 30 seconds, then you’re not giving the product much time to work and get deep into your pores. You’re only washing the top layer of the oil and dirt on your face when what you really need to do is cleanse deep in your pores.

  1. Failing to Completely Rinse Off Your Face

After washing your face, do you just splash a bit of water and immediately dry your face off? While doing this may make it seem like your face is clean, leaving traces of dirty facial cleanser on your face for hours will surely cause dryness and acne to occur. So next time, make sure that you take as much time to thoroughly rinse your face when you’re done washing it.

  1. Using the Same Towel for Your Body and Face

We all made this mistake, but it’s never too late to correct it now. The problem with this is that the moisture left on the towel attracts bacteria and allows it to grow there. While this may be used to wipe off your body, you’d certainly never want to get bacteria all over your face after washing it, right?

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  1. Showering With Water That’s Too Hot

Although showering with a scalding hot water helps you relax after a long tiring day, doing it daily might dry out your skin and cause all sorts of acne to erupt. A simple way to avoid this is to just wash your face with lukewarm water.

  1. Ditching the Moisturizer

Regardless of how moisturizing your facial wash claims to be, if it’s meant to remove oil and dirt, then it’ll be drying for your skin. Ditching your moisturizer will only make you skin susceptible to dryness, causing whiteheads, blackheads and wrinkles to appear.

  1. Exfoliating Everyday

Exfoliating cleansers might make your skin feel soft and flawless, but using them daily actually makes your skin worse. Most women believe that the more they get rid of those dead skin cells, the better their skin will look. Sure, exfoliating may be the key to a glowing and healthy complexion, but over-exfoliation leave your skin exposed to harmful bacteria.

Don’t feel bad if you’re feeling guilty of any of these skincare mistakes. A lot of women also commit these mistakes. Just remember that it’s never too late to fix it and allow your skin to become beautiful, healthy and glowing.

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Jul

Getting a Taste of the Real World

5 Career Tips for Fresh Grad Job Seekers

Your early 20s were easy: You’re finally done with school and all that’s left is to find a good-paying job! Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite. After all, you’re not the only one who’s trying to get themselves into the workforce. The real world can get pretty brutal, especially if you’re aimlessly sending dozens of generic job applications. Fret not though, since we’re here to help you up your job seeking game using the following tips:

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  1. Submit a Good Quality Résumé

Recruiters sift through hundreds of cover letters and CVs throughout the day. So how will you be able to make your résumé stand out? First is to ensure that your CV isn’t only full of filler words. Use keywords from the job description of position you’re applying for to make yourself seem like exactly what their company needs. Also keep the information in your résumé clean and organized by using bullet points.

  1. Focus on Your Soft Skills

Since you’re just starting out and don’t have much professional experience to boot, emphasizing your soft skills on your résumé might work to your advantage. These skills are those that you may use at any job: communication skills, leadership skills, organizational skills, personality type and so on. Just remember to back up these skills with stories and examples by the time you get interviewed.

  1. Set a Timeline

During an interview, don’t hesitate to ask about the application process. Find out when you should expect to hear back from them. Knowing how long it’ll take for them to decide will allow you to set some time to be interviewed by other companies. That said, there will be hiring managers who’ll never contact you again, regardless of how well your interview went. Yes it’s annoying, but that’s how job hunting works.

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  1. Show Why You Deserved the Position

Now that you’re hired, it’s time to show your boss and colleagues as to why you deserve that position. A good way to do this is to show up early. Avoid showing up late at all cost as it’ll only make you look unprepared and unprofessional. Arriving early also allows you to get all the menial tasks done early and gives you enough time to mentally prepare yourself for the workday ahead.

  1. Update Your Résumé Regularly

Even if you’re still starting with your first job, make sure that you always keep your résumé up-to-date. When the time comes that you want to make some professional changes, you won’t need to go through everything that you’ve done for the last couple of years – and your future self will surely thank you for that.

Landing a job can be really challenging for fresh graduates. But by putting these tips to work and being true to yourself, you’ll definitely be able to take your first step into the workforce.

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Jul

Maintaining a New Car

In Singapore, buying a new car is a major accomplishment. It is a milestone showing that your financial independence and career is going well. The luxurious feel of the new leather seats, the comfort of high-powered air-conditioning system, and the satisfying roaring sound of the new engine can be overwhelming for many.

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However, this mighty jaguar needs to be taken care of to maintain it in its best condition. You want to get the most out of it and want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to keep its shiny wheels and powerful engine from breaking down.

The Key Elements

These are the major elements that have to be checked out regularly, according to your car manufacturer’s recommendation.

Engine Oil

For a car in good condition, check the engine oil monthly. But if you notice oil leakage or find that you need to add oil more often, have it checked more often. When checking for your car’s engine oil, park your car on a level ground so you’ll get a clear dipstick reading. If there’s a leak, bring your vehicle to a car repair shop and have it fixed right away.

Tire Pressure

At least once every month and before any long road trips, check the inflation of you tires, including the spare ones. Follow the inflation pressure as recommended by your car’s manufacturer, not the pressure that’s embossed on your tire’s sidewall. If you ask a fast car repair workshop in Singapore like Merlin Motors, the pressure recommendation placard is usually found in the compartment, on the front doorjamb, or in the user’s manual. Also, inspect the tires for cuts, uneven wear, and any sidewall bulges.

Regular Car Wash

Wash your car at least once a week. Wash the entire body and, if necessary, do this including the fender wells and also the undercarriage in order to remove dirt. If water bead marks become larger, it’s time for your car to wax it finish.

Other Checks Every Oil Change

For normal drives around Singapore, many car maintenance companies recommend changing the engine oil every six months. For ‘severe’ driving—meaning short trips, frequent cold starts, and dusty conditions—the interval should be every three months. And for cars with special engines, such as turbo-charged engines, oil changes should be every three to four months.

Air filter

When you bring your vehicle to a car maintenance shop, make sure to also examine the air filter. This may be a small component of your car, but can cause contamination to the car’s fluids, which over time will affect the engine’s performance. Refer to the user’s manual how frequent you should replace your air filter with a new one.

Brake Systems

This is one of the most important components of a car, therefore only the experts should handle the checking and servicing for this. Any worn out pads and linings should be replaced, as well as badly damaged rotors and drums. The brakes should be regularly checked at least twice a year, or more frequent if you often do long drives.

Exhaust System

Unless you’re willing to perform under-car inspections on your own, have your exhaust systems checked by a car repair professional to see if there are parts that need to be replaced. When driving, be extra mindful of unusual exhaust noise. It is usually advisable to have your entire exhaust system replaced altogether instead of doing repairs in sections at different times.

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Fluid Levels

On newer car models, automatic transmissions are sealed. On cars where it’s not sealed, you should check the transmission dipstick while the engine is warmed up. Also, don’t forget checking the power steering fluid and the brake fluid by simply using a dipstick. If any fluid runs low, top it up and have your car checked for possible leakages.

CV Boots

On front-wheel-drive vehicles, check the rubber bellows, or also known as constant velocity (CV) boots, on the drive axles. If you see any cracks, cut, or leakage have it replaced right away. Even if the CV boots are contaminated with dirt, it can quickly escalate into a more expensive repair.

Battery

Examine your battery’s cables and terminals to ensure they are all securely attached. If the battery lost any of its caps, check the fluid level frequently—especially during warmer season.

Maintenance Works Every Few Years

There are other maintenance jobs that are executed less frequently than others. However, they are still required to be done on time to ensure your car’s optimum performance.

Automatic-Transmission Fluid

Many car models need fluid and filter replacement every 35,000 miles—or sooner if the normally pink fluid gets a hint of brownish colour. With older vehicles, the fluid and filter can go 100,000 miles or more. With some newer car models, transmission fluid never requires to be replaced. Read your car’s manual for this information.

Timing Belts

If your car uses a belt instead of a chain, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on the frequency of replacement, which is usually every 70,000 miles. Read the manual or consult a car servicing company. Failure to regularly change the timing belts can cause expensive engine repair if the belt breaks.

Cooling System

Draining and flushing of cooling system must be done every two years. For safety disposal of antifreeze, leave this maintenance work to a car servicing company.

Drive Belts and Hoses

Replace your car’s drive belts and hoses every three years, even if they don’t show signs of damage. If your belts are newly replaced but you can hear unusual noises, simply have it adjusted.

These essential tips let you enjoy your new car as long as possible. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition provides optimal satisfaction in your day-to-day life or when on vacations. Keep your car regularly maintained and you will have a smooth and hassle-free ride every single time.

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Jun

Friend Filter: 5 Types of Friend You Should Ditch Now

Other than our family, our friends are supposed to be the people who encourages us and makes us feel loved. But if your friends aren’t treating your right way, and are making you feel bad about yourself, then it might be time to cut your connections with them. Here, we’ve listed five types of friends that you shouldn’t have in your life.

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  1. Friends Who Are Apathetic

It’s difficult to be around someone who’s incapable of showing sympathy for someone else, especially a person who’s supposed to be important. Friends are supposed to be there for you to lean on for support whenever you have problems, but if that’s not the case, might as well reconsider your relationship with the person.

Not having sympathy is a sign that the person doesn’t care at all. People who are apathetic are often too selfish to care about people other than themselves. These types of people are not the ones you should consider calling a friend.

  1. Friends Who Judge You

We all do weird things, and your friends should be right next to you doing the same weird thing. Being friends means being comfortable with each other, and not being able to feel that way when you’re with a friend means that they aren’t truly your friends.

They are the people who you can be yourself with, without the fear of being judged. You’re supposed to be fun and silly around them, not be always on guard because you fear that they might judge you for your actions.

  1. Friends Who Bad-Mouth You

Anybody who said that they haven’t said bad things about their friends are lying. That said, there’s a great difference between bad-mouthing someone and just sharing about something that happened. If the person is really your friend, then they wouldn’t go to someone else to talk about you.

All of our friends have done something that we don’t like, and that’s inevitable. But if your friend is being mean to you, or is always gossiping about your life, then you need to rethink your friendship.

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  1. Friends Who Are Manipulative

There are people who knows exactly what to say and do to get whatever they want. Although these people make excellent lawyers, it doesn’t mean that they’ll also make great friends. A true friend will never try manipulating you just to get what they want.

Manipulative people are the best con artists. They’ll make you believe that they really care about you until they get what they want from you. These people aren’t afraid to use anyone just to help themselves.

  1. Friends Who Don’t Put Any Effort to Your Friendship

A true friend is someone who wants to spend some time talking and hanging out with you, and puts the same amount of effort into your friendship the way you do. They won’t ignore or blow you off for someone who’s more important in their eyes. If a person wants to be in your life then he or she will make it happen.

Despite being one of the best things that you can have in life, finding true friends can be quite challenging. So start sorting through your friendships now, and just stick with those who make you feel better about yourself.

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Jun

What to Eat to Achieve Wrinkle-Free Skin

Forget about the mythical Fountain of Youth for your real-life defence against skin aging is right at your own kitchen. Although you can’t turn back time, you can the effects of aging using Mother Nature’s best. So stock up your pantry now with the following wrinkle-fighting ingredients.

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  1. Avocados

Get rid of your crow’s feet and fine line problems by consuming this super fruit. Since it is high in glutathione, avocados aid in flushing wrinkle- and acne-causing pollutants out of your system. Include it in your meals regularly, and you’ll be able to snap filter-free selfies anytime you want.

  1. Guava

One of the easiest ways to stimulate your skin’s collagen production is to munch on this nutrition-packed fruit. The high vitamin C levels found in guavas aid in reducing inflammation, and neutralizing free radicals that causes skin damage. By adding this fruit to your diet, you’re able to reduce puffiness and delay the early appearance of wrinkles.

  1. Tomatoes

You’ve probably heard from your mom that snacking tomatoes will give you fairer skin. Guess what? She was right. These juicy rubies are loaded with lycopene and collagen-building vitamin C, which protects your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Tomatoes also help in boosting blood circulation that gives you the natural rosy glow that no blush can imitate.

  1. Garlic

Touted as one of most powerful antioxidants, garlic plays a major role when it comes to preventing premature wrinkles. Its allicin content is what limits free radical activity, resulting to lesser skin damage brought by UV ray exposure. So go beyond applying SPF by seasoning your meals with this flavourful antioxidant.

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  1. Oysters

Although the slimy texture of this sea-dweller makes some people squirm, its high zinc content is already enough reason to cast any doubts aside. Oysters boost collagen production, and as you know, collagen is what keeps the skin firm and supple, so it’s probably time to add this sea-dweller into your meals every once in a while.

  1. Honey

Love sweets? Then ditch the sugar, and treat yourself to an antioxidant-rich honey instead. Unlike the regular sweets, honey won’t cause any inflammation and its anti-viral properties will eliminate any skin-damaging bacteria. In fact, it can even be used as a face mask to achieve softer and smoother skin.

  1. Olive Oil

Apart from being a simple salad drizzle, olive oil is also considered as a powerhouse of healthy fats that smoothens existing fine lines and prevents development of wrinkles. You can even use this gourmet staple as a moisturizing makeup remover.

  1. Green Tea

It’s no wonder that the Japanese have the longest lifespans – they drink green tea like its water. Since it is rich in antioxidants and a chemical known as EGCG, green tea promotes cell regeneration in the skin that results in a fresher and fairer complexion.

Preventing wrinkles and fine lines isn’t as difficult as you think it to be. Having a healthy lifestyle is the key to achieving a youthful-looking complexion, so don’t forget to add these foods to your diet to achieve and enjoy a fairer skin.

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Apr

Reasons Why a Woman Would Call It Quits with Her Man

Women are complicated beings. They can say things while meaning something completely opposite. Since time immemorial, men have been clueless when it came to understanding the intricacies of women. Singaporean women, on the other hand, claim that they’re very clear about what they want in a relationship and are vocal about it with their partners. It’s just that modern times have seen how women gained more leverage as against their male counterparts that even pop culture says it’s the women who rule the world. Seemingly, it might be just the same when it comes to relationships.

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When Men Are Caught Cheating

Expect that the primary reason why a woman would call it quits with her man is when she caught her man cheating. Unfaithfulness has been one of the main causes for breakups so this is hardly a surprise. Women who value themselves would never put up with a cheating man no matter who he may be.

When Men Exert Too Much Control

Women nowadays have become independent individuals that they really do not need a man by their side except when they want one. So men who come off a little dominant and a control freak can be a major turn off for women. They’d rather be alone in the company of their beautiful self or with her clique of bitches than be with a man who wants to control her every move.

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When Men are Irresponsible

Men who are deemed irresponsible when it comes to their share of responsibilities better watch out. The world has shown the women exactly what they deserve. Most women also hold high positions in their jobs and consider themselves as financially independent women. When they see that it’s more of a burden having these irresponsible men in their lives, they’ll realize how much better off they can be without them than with them.

When Men Do Not Show Much Potential

Most women know what they want to get out of life. These women give their best in their jobs and are excellent at it, able to climb the higher ranks of the office. So it is only understandable that they’d expect the same aptitude in their men. It’s such a turn off to see a weak man with low self-esteem satisfied with the little that he’s able to achieve. Women know that they no longer have to just settle down when it comes to their choice of men.

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Apr

Problems Most Couples Deal With

Relationships can be a rollercoaster ride. One minute things are going great, the next may be problematic. It’s really up to the couple on how they’re going to weather each issue that goes their way. Some issues may be more intense while some are just petty. For most Singaporean couples, they’ll have more chances in overcoming most of these obstacles if they’re going to think of themselves as partners in the real sense of the word especially when it comes to achieving a common goal in their relationship which is essentially just making it work. When they do, they’ll have better chances of coping with these problems most couples deal with.

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Lack of communication

Lack of communication in a relationship is a recipe for disaster. Some couples are not able to learn the skills of positive communication and taking all out on the table. It is important to clearly communicate to your partner what ticks you, what disappoints you, what you want, and what you don’t want. Don’t expect your partner to guess all these for you. It’s also equally important to learn how to listen to your partner when he or she is trying to tell you something.

Dissatisfied sexual relationship

It’s important to respect your partner’s sexual desires and needs. A relationship can go wrong when a partner is often declined when they initiate the act of sex. Being rejected and being unhappy in bed are just some of the petty reasons partners give to justify their infidelity.

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Finances

Individuals may have different attitudes when it comes to taking care of their finances. Some are more lax while there are others who can be a control freak. It’s important to discuss your financial traits, values, obligations, and goals early on in the relationship. Couples may need to learn sharing for common expenses or helping each other out when it comes to financial obligations. There are couples who break up because they’re unable to settle their financial responsibilities to themselves.

Petty conflicts

Some people believe that having petty conflicts in relationships is better than having that one time big time argument that can lead to breakup. Couples need to learn how to settle their differences in order to deal with petty conflicts. When it comes to arguments, it’s best to resolve it as soon as possible or to not take it to the next day.

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Mar

Why It’s A Good Idea To Travel With Your Best Friend

Travelling is always a fun thing to do especially if you consider this one of your life passions and goals. But what makes travelling even more special is not necessarily the place but who you travel with. Choosing who you travel with says a lot about you and your relationship with that person. You wouldn’t normally want to travel with someone you don’t like in the same sense that you’d only want to travel with those you want to be with. Or else you’re better off alone.

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Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea to travel with your best friend:

There’s the anticipation to a very memorable trip

The thought that you’ll be going on a trip adventure with your best friend can build up anticipation and excitement like no other. You’ve always had a great time with your best pal so this trip will only mean even more amazing time together. You can already imagine all the fun you’ll be having as well as all the laughter you’re both going to end up with. The thought alone already makes you smile.

There’s no boring time

Time spent with your best friend means talking over just about anything under the sun. This is someone you can share your honest opinion with without the fear of being judged or criticized. You can even talk about silly things as if they’re all that matters in the world. There’s also a long timeline to look back on to provide plenty of topics you can’t get enough talking of.

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There are plenty of things you can do together

You two can be so much alike you even both agreed to go on this trip together. That means you’re both willing to create even more wonderful memories by doing a lot of new fun activities. These may be the realization of those things you’ve only dreamed and talked about when you were younger. Sitting on the street gutter together in grade school dreaming about how it’s like riding on a hot air balloon – and now you’re finally able to actually ride one!

There are more opportunities to learn together

Your best friend is someone you respect and believe in and this travel together may give you a lot of insights. The insights may help you get to know your best friend much better or in a different light and even help you get to know your own self further, too.

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Mar

Why It’s A Bad Idea To Drive An Electric Car

A lot of Singaporeans are mulling over turning in their regular gas-powered cars to an electric car. Electric cars better alternatives whenever talking about the costs to the environment. Especially nowadays when climate change is such a hot issue aside from deeply felt by all corners of the world. When it comes to cost, you can also save more if you drive an electric car as compared to driving the gas-powered car. But electric cars also have their own limitations that deter a regular person from getting one. These are some of the reasons why it’s a bad idea to drive an electric car:

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There’s not enough recharge points

There are only a few people who are driving an electric car so that means the demand is not that high yet. This also means the recharge points for these electric cars are still very limited. This is a top consideration since electric cars rely heavily on rechargeable batteries. You don’t want to run out of battery in the middle of the road knowing there’s no recharge point nearby unlike fuel stations that you can find even at the remotest places.

Electric Cars have shorter driving range and speed

These electric cars are still in their primary stage so a lot can and still need to be improved on. Electric cars can improve on their driving range and speed because they’re still very short-ranged as of now. They can only drive for about 50 to 100 miles before needing to be recharged again. They’re still not meant to be fast and furious either. So this may be a setback for drivers who value speed and need to travel long distances.

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Electric Cars take a long time to recharge

Unlike dropping by at a nearby gas station to get your car fuelled which only takes a few minutes, recharging an electric car can be such a hassle. It would take you 4 to 6 hours before your batteries get fully charged up. This is a big blow especially for busy people or for those who are in a hurry.

Electric Cars are usually small

There are still fewer choices for electric cars and most of these choices are small cars that can only seat up to two people – and that’s the driver and a passenger. This also means smaller user potential for electric cars.

Electric Cars are not suitable everywhere

The limited supply for electricity in other places may still limit the availability of electric cars. An electric car’s need for power consumption may not be a particular government’s priority in contrast to the people’s daily needs.

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Mar

Man-Made Paradises in Changi Airport

 

If you are the fun-seeking traveler, the time-bound business man or just simply the curious passenger caught in a lay-over in Changi Airport, you may as well enjoy yourself and check out the lush greenery just waiting there to be discovered by none other than you. Discover the world of the majestic metamorphosis of one of the most beautiful creatures ever created here on earth—the butterflies.

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See them flap their wings for the very first time and capture this wonder-filled moment in the Mini-Eden discreetly placed in Changi Airport. A man-made paradise was created here in Changi Airport and for the record; this is the first Butterfly Garden in the world that was ever made in an airport.

There are over a thousand butterflies thriving in this garden. Different species of these lovely winged-creatures soar around in this haven which is full of flowers and plants especially planted for them to get the right nutrition that they need. The climate is also taken cared of so as to recreate a natural environment for the butterflies. Visitors are also reminded to be mindful of their actions in order to maintain the serenity surrounding the said garden.

Only a maximum of 30 visitors are accepted at a time to get an up-close and personal experience with the butterflies. It is rather sweet that the airport thought of showing to the world how nature and man can co-exist together without harming each other. The butterfly garden is just an icing on the cake because there are more gardens that you can check out in this airport than you can ever imagine.

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Are you feeling rather blue although you may be in a crowd of people and you are quite confused on the endless free things you can avail in this huge airport? Well, why don’t you try to catch a glimpse of a ray of sunshine? It may help you cheer up and have a smile painted on your face.

This glimpse of sunshine is quite different from the daily dose of sunshine that we are familiar with. It is something that you can also touch with your very own hands. Yes, please proceed to Terminal 2 and be awed by the rays of sunshine embodied in the beautiful sunflowers which are actually grown and groomed at the edge of this very airport.

Wait there is also another garden that is worth your time. It is called the Enchanted Garden here in Changi Airport. Of course, you might be wondering why it is called that way, is that right?  I think you have guessed it right. It’s really enchanted because you will see it come to life.

The flowers will magically bloom right before your eyes and you will vividly hear the sound of nature with your very own ears. The best part in this Enchanted Garden is the massive stained glass molded in a bouquet-like shape and lit up in a magnificent brilliance which illuminates the entire garden. You won’t ever regret spending your precious time to check out these mini-heavens recreated on Earth only in Changi Airport.

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Mar

10 Things You Can Learn from Chronically Ill People

 

I have diabetes. My condition requires constant monitoring and a considerable part of my income goes to my food and medication. It’s not all bad though. Living with a chronic health problem such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or lupus could teach people valuable lessons like:

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  1. Everyone fighting their own battles. Not all health problems have visible signs. That apparently healthy man who parked at a space reserved for the disabled? Maybe he’s not really a jerk, but has a heart condition that makes him easily fatigued.

 

  1. It’s harder for some people to be happy. If you continuously have to worry about your health, all while silently bearing its painful effects, you’d find it harder to keep a smile on your face too.

 

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. People with a chronic illness have limited energies, so over time they become good at attending to their priorities. They make the most of what they have and don’t bother about things that don’t really matter.

 

  1. Special treatment is nice, but being normal is better. Sick people are treated more nicely and are often better accommodated. But do you know what would be better than that? Being treated like a normal person – honestly and without being patronized – and being able to do everything you need by yourself.

 

  1. Most people take their health for granted. The Singapore Government has a good system for taking care of the sick and those and need. But if you’re chronically ill, you realize this could be made even better, and you become an advocate for health insurance and healthy living.
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  1. You have to enjoy what you have. If your maintenance medication already takes a third of your monthly income, you spend more wisely and learn to be satisfied with what possessions you already have.

 

  1. Problems can make you a better person. It’s true: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (Or at least it’s true psychologically). Battling a chronic health problem makes us more resilient to setbacks because we’re used to life being an uphill battle. We can shrug off some problems that would devastate other people.

 

  1. Some days are just not for you. Healthy people can have bad hair days. Chronically ill people have bad all body days. When that happens, we just try to find comfort in the fact that things will be better tomorrow.

 

  1. We can teach you how to take care of your body. We’re a one-man information drive and awareness program of our respective conditions. We spend long periods of time consulting with health professionals and we pass on the knowledge we get from them to our family and friends.

 

  1. Life’s what you make of it. Any serious health problem or a disability will force you to reevaluate your life and how you want to experience it. Would you just mope around and feel sorry for yourself? Or would you keep on giving it your best and just be thankful for what you have?

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Feb

Mistakes to Avoid During Traveling

Traveling is one of the most enriching if not memorable experience one could ever ask for. Though we will spend some money, nothing compares to the joy we feel whenever we discover something new, exciting and amazing. For newbies, we seek the advice and thoughts of experts to avoid gaffes during traveling.

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To save ourselves from the headaches and hassles of traveling, here are some gaffes that we need to avoid:

• Purchasing airline tickets for the incorrect day: It is okay if the airline allows you to transfer or refund the tickets but that is beyond hoping. You know perfectly well that no matter the circumstances, the airlines will never transfer or refund tickets. If you do not want to waste money, be sure when you are booking it.

• Missing the boarding announcement: The greatest mistake that you will ever make is to miss the boarding announcement. When your flight is delayed because of something, make sure that you are always updated of its status. Be attentive.

• Going to the wrong destination: Discovering the place is a unique experience but when the family is steered to the wrong direction because of your navigation prowess, you wasted your precious time.

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• Catching the wrong train: Catching the wrong train is both a memorable experience and a funny one. It is not every day that you catch the wrong train. When you are boarding a train, make sure that you are in the right railway especially if you cannot afford to delay a day.

• Drugging yourself before the flight: Taking pills (specifically Ambien) is common for those who want to sleep soundlessly during the travel. There are even those who take pills before leaving home. The challenge here is when the flight is delayed and you fall asleep in the lounge and wake up missing the flight – this is an expensive mistake.

• Using the wrong words: There are some words lost in translation and that is something that you need to be careful about. You do not know you are inviting trouble with just a mispronounce word. Before going to a specific place, make sure to learn some basic words and know how it is pronounced. However, you are a tourist, you are welcome to make mistakes especially about the language.

• Not traveling enough: For those who haven’t travelled enough, perhaps it is one of their greatest regret in life. When you are young and adventurous, you should travel more and not live to regret it when you become old.
Now that you know some gaffes, you are ready to leave Singapore and be on your next travel.

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Jan

Strategies for Flying Comfortably

We just want to fly comfortably regardless of the length of travel. Whether it is near or long-hauled flights from Singapore to some place, we only want to avoid the discomfort from cramped seats to intolerable cabin temperature. We can avoid discomfort by upgrading to first class but is it necessary?

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Do we need to spend more just to be comfortable as much as possible? Fortunately, there are different strategies that we can consider for flying comfortably without upgrading. Here are some strategies:

• Drink water: Not all people know that flying takes out a lot of fluids. Pilots are recommending that passengers drink lots of water during the travel. Hydrating is the key to being comfortable. According to some experts, you have to drink at least one quart of water every four hours.

• The potential of pills: For passengers embarking on long journeys, they consider pills if they want to sleep but it need proper timing. Do not take pills upon leaving the house because sometimes, flights are delayed and you will be out of it by the time you board. It is better to experiment before the big day so you will know how long it can affect you.

• Do not drink: Experts are highly recommending the passengers not to drink. If you want to feel rested and fresh during and after the journey, you should avoid drinking. If you prefer to drink to facilitate sleeping, just limit it to one glass.

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• Choose healthy foods: The food is something that you can consider in advance. When travelling, it is crucial that you choose healthy meals. If you did not want to get it from the airline, just grab healthy foods like protein bars, fruit and almonds. The meals should be light. If you want to fend-off thirst, just bring a gum since it can bring saliva.

• Dress comfortably: As much as you want to dress and travel in style, the reality is that it can be pretty damning. The key here is to dress comfortably – even if it is just flats, jeans and shirts.

• Look for entertainment: If you do not consider sleeping at all, you have to think of diversions or entertainments. You can for instance bring your laptop, a book or a crossword puzzle. If that is not enough, you can download movies at home and screen it when you are in the plane.

• Block it: If you are really plan on sleeping all throughout the journey, the best way is to block everything out. You just need to bring head phones, eye masks and earplugs.

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