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May

Different Precincts in Chinatown

Singapore’s Chinatown is located within Outam. The Chinatown of today is significantly less of a territory than it once was due to the fact that the largest ethnological group in the county is Chinese. The term Chinatown is a term given by the British as Chinatown and is usually used today by non-Chinese Singaporeans to refer to the place. Chinese Singaporeans on the other hand commonly refer to the place as Niu Che Shui because the name Chinatown commonly refers to territories of Chinese people in regions wherein Chinese individuals are the minority). 

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Nonetheless, the area does maintain important cultural and historical status. Large parts of the area have been declared national heritage sites that are officially indicated for preservation by the country’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. Chinatown consists of a number of precincts which are Telok Ayer, Kreta Ayer, Ann Siang Hill, Bukit Pasoh and Tanjong Pagar. Telok Ayer was the original focal point of settlement in the area. The precinct is home to many Muslim mosques as well as Chinese temples that have been present since the first days of Chinatown.

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Drinking establishments and restaurants have recently begun emerging in the precinct’s streets. Kreta Ayer is deemed by a number of people to be the center of Chinatown. The precinct houses attractions such as the Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Chinatown Night Market, Chinatown Food Street and Chinatown Heritage Centre. Kreta Ayer is both a favoured place for local cuisine as well as a famous tourist attraction. Ann Siang Hill is a precinct that is named in honor of a rich Hokkien Chinese sawmiller who obtained the area to serve as his house and estate property in the 1800s.

Presently, the slopes of the Ann Siang Hill are full of cafes, drinking places and quirky shops, consequently making it a popular hangout place for the younger generations. Bukit Pasoh, commonly known as the Street of Clans is a historic and current home of a number of Chinese clan and cultural associations. Tanjong Pagar was once the center of operations for rickshaw pullers. Today, the precinct is popular for its large number bridal saloons. The area also houses the country’s tallest flat which is the Pinnacle at Duxton.

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May

Cultural Distinctions and Attractions in Little India

Little India is an ethnic area in the county that is west of the Singapore River, located east of the river across from Chinatown and north of Kampong Glam. Both Little India and Chinatown is part of the Urban Planning Area of Rochor. The area is commlony referred to as Tekka by the local Tamil community.

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The area is unique from the Chulia Kampong area which was initially a division of colonial Singapore under the Raffles Plan of Singapore wherein Tamil immigrants would dwell in under the British policy of cultural separation. Nonetheless, as the Chulia Kmapong area became more and more populated and as the struggle for available residential land escalated, a number of ethnic Tamils moved out into an area which is presently known as Little India.

Serangoon Road is the key commercial access road in the area. The road crosses Bukit Timah Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road. The Tekka Mall, the Tekka Centre, Mustafa Centre, the Little India Arcade and the Serangoon Plaza can be located along Serangoon road. Farrer Park Fields is situated in the area.

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A number of mosques, Hindu temples and many other places of worship such as Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Foochow Methodist Church, Angullia Mosque, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Jalan Mosque, Sri Vadapathira Kailamman Temple and the Central Sikh Gurdwara, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Buddhist Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple (features a high tower or gopuram), Leong San See Temple and Abdul Gafoor mosque (features Renaissance and Arabian style architecture) can be located within the area.

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May

How to Save Money Fast

Saving need not to last for a lifetime or until you reach retirement. You can save money early if you only know how to spend wisely and how not to spend wisely.

  • Cut out unnecessary expenses. Food, shelter and clothing are the necessary expenses of every person, and anything not included here can be considered as unnecessary expenses. Do you have collections like ceramics, stickers, car accessories or others? These are unnecessary, and you can survive without them. If you want to save money, cut out your expenses on these things.
  • Buy one of all things. One is enough, two is too much, and three is over. Remember this and you can save money by not buying too much of the things you actually have. If you already have a pair of rubber shoes, you do not need another one. If you have a sturdy back pack, you do not need another one. For you to be true to this rule on saving, always choose quality products than quantity one.
  • Invest on good brands. Buy products which are sturdy, and can last for a long time. The longer the product lasts, the higher your savings because you do not need to buy the product over and over again. The cost of good brands may be high, but with its quality that will last long, the savings you will have will be higher.
  • Have a savings goal. How much do you like to save? Have a goal, and make sure to reach them. It is only through this discipline of pushing yourself to save that you can truly save.
May

Interior Design Ideas for Your Small Home

One of the most common housing choices in type of housing in Singapore is owning a condominium or having an apartment. This type of housing is perfect for the working class who are a large part of Singapore’s population. Having an apartment or condominium means having the comfort to live alone, pay your own small bills and have your own private life. Nonetheless, having apartments or condominiums may also mean small space and just enough area for house necessities like kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Despite these facts, one can still make the most of his place by assuring a desirable interior design.

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1.Creative Walls

The role of the wall is to divide the different areas of the house, but why not make it more creative by making it a space where you attach the cupboards for the kitchen as well as the living room? Most houses have a floor place of having the kitchen and living room near each other. Use the walls dividing this area to put the cupboard for the kitchen where one can put or display utensils and cupboard for the living room where the television, play station and other gadgets can be placed.

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2. Mini Models

Choose a smaller table over a full-sized coffee table. Choose cute bean bags or mini sofas than a king’s chair. Go for creative beds like the double deck bed which has a workplace under rather than a bed. Refrigerators, ovens, pans, plates, glasses and other kitchen utensils also have their smaller versions which you can always pick. Not everything that is small looks thrifty; some really looks cute and even classy if you pick the right color and style for the furniture or house equipment you pick.

3. Light Colors

White, sky blue, mint green and peach are the desirable colors which you should use to paint your house. When one uses light colors, the space looks bigger, fresher and cleaner. This can also inhibit the accumulation of heat inside the house as well as eye sore because of the warm color. It can also easily match the color of the furniture you will pick.

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Apr

Tips on Beating Your Cravings Effectively

Cravings are normal. Sometimes you indulge yourself, sometimes you let it pass. If you let it pass, you are in control but if you indulge yourself to the point of binge eating, you will have bigger problems at the end of the day. Here in Singapore, you can simply tolerate your cravings by going to food centres, hawker centres and restaurants.

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However, if you are having problems with your cravings, it is time that you learn a few tricks on beating your cravings effectively. Overcoming the desire to eat is challenging but if you are serious about beating it, you will succeed. To help you get started, here are some tips:

Learn the value of willpower

Nothing beats a strong willpower. If you have the determination to control your cravings, you will have no problems at the end of the day. Sometimes you feel powerless and you are unable to resist. When this happens, trust your willpower and it will do the rest.

Incorporate healthy carbs

If you have carb cravings, the best way to deal with it is to incorporate healthy carbs. Healthy carbs include whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Healthy carbs can help tame your cravings because it regulates serotonin production.

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Establish regular eating patterns

You think of food when you are hungry. If you are serious about beating your chronic craving, you have to clearly establish a regular eating pattern. You have to include three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two snacks. That should do for a Singaporean like you.

 

Use your imagination

When you find yourself craving for something, you need to use your imagination. For instance, when you are craving for bread, you can simply think of other pleasurable things like going to the beach or watching movies.

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Learn what substitution is all about

If the craving is there, the best strategy is to find the healthiest substitution. If you eat just anything as a substitute, that will not matter. If you opt for healthy foods as a substitute, you will surely enjoy it. The best part is you will not regret it afterwards because it is healthy.

Cravings are indeed part of life. Who hasn’t at some point in his/her life experienced it? When you eat foods with sugar or salt, the brain will release dopamine which makes you good. Your cravings can also be attributed to the smell because when your brain interprets the smell, it automatically recalls the happy feeling.

With everything you uncovered, hopefully you can now effectively beat your cravings. It is not easy especially if the temptations are imminent but once you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible. Good luck!

 

Apr

How to Protect Yourself from Facebook Scams

Before Twitter and Instagram, Facebook reigned supreme over the social media. Nearly everyone here in Singapore have their Facebook account. Even young Singaporeans have their own account in Facebook. Facebook is the means of people to show what they do and what they are. There are other groups who do not consider Facebook because it exposes you to security threats.

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If you do not prefer Facebook, that is okay but if you do not want to deprive yourself of the good things Facebook brings, you should consider Facebook. Although there are Facebook scams present, you can do something about it to protect yourself. You should know that everyone can be a victim of scam. That is the reality. In fact, thousands of people are victimized.

You have to be wary. Spotting a scammer is difficult especially if you cannot physically see them and talk to them face to face. However, do not lose hope because here are some easy tips that you can consider to avoid scammers:

Communication is ambiguous

You will know if it is a scam if the communication is ambiguous or unclear. You will notice that the messages are repeated. Sometimes the messages make no sense at all. There are times that the messages are hard to understand.

Some facts are missing

When you are telling the truth, everything should make sense and the facts should be there. Scammers often forget to give details why they need help. You have to look out for that. Details are important because it will shed light. If it is not provided, do not respond to that person.

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Different people using one profile

If you notice that there are different people using one profile, it should give you a warning. You will know that different people are using one profile if the tome, words and the grammar are changing throughout your conversation.

It is all about the money

When you talk to scammers, money is always the issue. They will be insistent that they need money and they need your help. They do not require many things but money. They will even make promises. There are scammers who will try to get your credit card number.

These are just simple red flags. There are more brilliant people who will try to conceal everything so you won’t suspect. Just remember this: if you do not know the person asking for money online, do not give money no matter the reason or the story.

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Apr

New Healthcare Solutions

gov_healthcareThere is no doubt that Singapore is the primary medical hub in the region. The healthcare of Singapore concentrates on utilizing technology and conducting research to increase its efficiency. In this particular case, there are new healthcare solutions made by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).

There are four prototypes developed by KTPH and NP. The two agencies collaborated to make the lives of the elders easy and better. This is the answer for the ageing population of Singapore. These new innovations will also help healthcare professionals to focus on their patients. If you want to know the four prototypes, here’s a look:

  • Touch It: Touch It is an innovation that is created to gauge the patient’s reaction or reflex time to calculate the probability of him/her falling. Falling is one of the biggest problems of the elders.
  • Sense Me: Sense me is an innovation that is created for the nurses. If the patient is in the toilet and he/she collapsed, the device will alert the nurses. This is to give assistance right away.
  • hitech healthcareLight Up: Light Up is an innovation that is developed to alert the healthcare providers or family members when the patient tries to get out of the bed. The device will light up if it detects motion.
  • Tap & Step: Tap & Step is an innovation that is developed to delay the beginning of dementia. This device will specifically stimulate the minds of the patients. Dementia refers to the intellectual and cognitive decline.

The innovations made by KTPH and NP are easy to handle and meet the standards. Healthcare professionals and the patients needs not to worry about this.

Apr

Avoiding Identity Theft

11514588-how-can-prevent-online-identity-theftThere is a woman here in Singapore who dared to steal her sister’s identity card and credit cards. The woman made unauthorized deals on behalf of her sister. She forged documents to retract her sister’s insurance policies plus she used the name of her sister to apply for three phone subscriptions. The woman was apprehended and she pleaded guilty. The sentenced was announced on December 4, 2013. Because of her offences, she will spend twenty seven months in jail.

It is unusual for your sister to steal your identity but this happens. For people who are driven, the family ties do not matter. It is important that you know how to avoid identity theft. You can do the following things to strengthen your protection:

  • Digital security: Identity thefts happen in the internet. It is important that you fortify your digital security. The first thing that you need to do is choose strong PINs or passwords. You have to be careful with spyware, viruses, malware and other things that might harm your system.unnamed
  • Card security: When you are planning a trip to the ATM, you should be careful because there are people who will use that opportunity to get your details. You should block other’s view of the screen. When you key in your PIN, cover it with your hands.
  • Home security: If you have a shredding machine, you should use it. Documents and statements with important information should be shredded not thrown directly to the garbage can. If you are expecting snail mail, you need to protect it by getting a post office box.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you need to act immediately. Do not wait for that person to wreak havoc to your name. Call the authorities right away.

Mar

GivingTuesday

GiveTuesday_700xThe season of giving is coming. This year, Singaporeans are becoming generous because more than toys and candies, money and time are given for the benefit of the communities. On December 3, 2013, individuals and business entities joined GivingTuesdaySG.

GivingTuesday is spearheaded by America in 2012. This is a movement to neutralize the extreme consumerism of people after Black Friday. The movement encourages individuals and business entities to give back and help other people. The movement spread across the world. Here in Asia, Singapore is the first country to embrace the movement.

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Singaporeans should never think that giving is once a year only. Everyday should be a giving day. When you give back, it doesn’t mean that you need a lot of money. Even if you do not have money, you can make a difference. You can begin by:

  • Smiling – A simple thing as smiling can warm the hearts of many people. Smiling is contagious and it can change the person’s mood.
  • Volunteer your time and services – If you have spare time, why not spend it on worthy things? You can volunteer your time and services to your chosen charity.
  • Teach – If you are good at teaching, you can spend your spare time by teaching someone. Whether it is a kid or an adult, the important thing is you shared your knowledge.
  • Listen – If your friend is in trouble, you can offer him/her your ears and your shoulder. Sitting there and listening to a friend can help alleviate the feelings of your friend.
  • Show appreciation – Showing appreciation is a small gesture but if you practice it all the time, it feels good to hear it. Saying thank you or praising someone can help the person.

There are many things that you can do to help others. Helping others will give you a sense of meaning and fulfilment. You will surely feel happy.

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Mar

How to Avoid being a Victim of Cyberstalking

A thirty eight year old Singaporean man cyber stalked an American singer for more than six years. For the stalking itself, he faces thirty one counts of criminal terrorization. On top of that, he also faces eleven other offences like harassment, trespassing and stealing. The man admitted that he developed an obsession for the singer. He will face his sentence on December 13, 2013.

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Cyberstalking covers the following actions: sending of threats and sham accusations thru email or cell phone, creating fake website posts, stealing the identity of the person and more importantly watching the person’s computer and his/her internet use. Most of the stalking victims are women. If you do not want to be a victim, you should consider the following things:

1. Chose what you share. It is important that you are mindful of the things that you share. Remember that your stalkers can get an idea about you based on the things you share. If you post something, make sure that you do not give much information.

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2. Do not fill out all fields. If you decide to register, you should be careful of the information that you divulge. You do not need to fill out all the fields. Do not feel obligated. When you enter your name, make sure that you do not consider your real or full name.

3. Check the privacy policy/setting. You have to check the privacy policy of your ISP (Internet Service Provider), IM (Instant Messenger) and other services. If the privacy policy is acceptable, you do not need to worry about Cyberstalking. You also need to check the privacy setting of your social networking sites.

4. Reset all passwords. You should keep all your passwords to yourself but if you shared it with your past relationships or other people, it would help if you reset all your passwords right away. Resetting is important so they will not get information and updates from you.

It pays to be vigilant and patient. Do not let other people terrorize you. Good luck!

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Mar

A Guide for Your Cycling Journey in Singapore

ocbc-jun-rong1While there are SMRT and taxis available as a form of transportation, bikes also flood in Singapore roads because it is also a mode of transportation for some. In addition, bikes are used for recreational purposes. There are bikes in the city that are for rent while you can purchase one. And with that, Singapore Government placed bike lanes for the convenience of bike commuters.

Cycling Guide

  1. Because Singapore is known for its hot and humid climate, bikers are wearing loose clothes. It is true that wearing tight pants and/or shirts in uncomfortable.
  2. If you’re new to the city, buy a map. This will help you find your way to the destination you want to go.
  3. While on the road, stay cycling at the left side. According to Singapore traffic rules, bicycles should always keep to the left side of the street/highway so that other commuters will not be bothered that can sometimes lead to accidents.
  4. Make a signal whenever, you turn right or left or whether you are going to stop and slowing down. This is for the benefit of other bikers following you. Sometimes, drivers usually look at the bikers hand because hand signals are the only way that bikers can do to indicate a move.
  5. If you are going to drive bicycles by night, be sure that you have headlights and reflectors so that you’ll be having a safe trip.

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It is rewarding to ride a bike in Singapore. Aside that you enjoy it, you can also benefit from it especially when it talks about health.

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Mar

Biking Plans? Visit These Biking Spots in Singapore

Do you have plans for your weekend? Well, biking can be one of your choices. Since biking is popular in Singapore, many bike paths and trails are situated in the country. Some of these bike paths are well-liked by foreign bikers as well as bike enthusiasts in the country.

Bike Paths with Beach Scenery

It is very unusual that a bike path is located near beaches. But in Singapore, bikers can enjoy biking near the beach at Sentosa’s Siloso. However, if you don’t have your own bicycle, there are bikes that are available for rent. What more? You can take pleasure in biking while watching the fine-looking beach scenery.

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Connected Biking Trails

In the Western region of the city located the Western Adventure Park Connector Network. It connects 8 different trails with different challenges and sceneries which include breath-taking trails such as forested trails, undulating paths and rocky trails. Apart from this nice journey, adventurous bikers can experience nature while having fun.

Olympic Bike Park

Selected as the venue for the opening of Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games’ BMX and mountain bike competition, Tampines Bike Park provide a difficult ride for bikers as it has a different paths. Whether going up or going down or even going left or right, this bike park has an immense level of complexity.

IMBA Passer

Due to its difficult but safe trails, Ketam Mountain Bike Park passed the set standards of International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). IMBA is one of the highest governing bodies for mountain bike trails and set different trails in which bikers can be challenged.

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Feb

Understanding Child Abuse

Here in Singapore, child abuse cases rose in 2012. There were 247 suspected child abuse cases in 2012 which was a lot higher compared to the 176 child abuse cases in 2008. According to MSF (Social and Family Development Ministry), child abuse traverses race, education of the parents/caregivers and household income.

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Because of the rising cases, a committee is created. Family Justice Committee made recommendations so that teachers, lawyers and doctors can spot victims of child abuse and family violence. Apart from the committee, MSF provided counsellors in every school too. MSF identified different forms of abuse – physical neglect and emotional abuse.

The society should understand child abuse. While there are parents who think they are only disciplining the child, they need to know the distinction between it. The change should begin in the home, not outside. If you are a parent, you should change your reactions for the sake of your child. Here are some ways on how you can change your reactions:

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1. Learn to control emotions. There are parents who are not successful at controlling their emotions. When their children commit something (or even if they do not), emotions burst. It is important that you learn to control your emotions.

2. Identify what is age appropriate. Some parents do not realize the age of their children. Parents expect that children behave like adults but they are not adults. Parents should learn how to identify age appropriate tasks or behaviour so they will not be angered and frustrated at all times.

3. Develop new set of parenting skills. Learning to control your emotions is a good start but it does not end there. You have to develop new set of parenting skills for your children. You can begin by learning different but appropriate discipline approaches or techniques.

4. Get professional help. If you want to break the cycle of abuse but you find it hard to do so, it is time that you get professional help. There is nothing wrong if you get professional help. You should do this while it is not too late for your children.

Feb

The Benefits of a Good Laugh

Are you familiar with medical clowning? This is an idea developed at Haifa University, Israel. Patients of the Children’s Cancer Foundation here in Singapore got to see and experience medical clowning. “Dush the clown” along with some toys, balloon animals and hand puppets aim to give smile and happiness to children. Medical clowning is also therapeutic for elderly especially for those who are enduring dementia.

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Medical clowning will help reduce patient’s fears. Apart from that, medical clowning can also assist patients to recuperate faster. Laughing is indeed the best medicine. There are many benefits of a good laugh. Here are some benefits of a good laugh:

1.       Boosts immune system

You may find laughing irrelevant when it comes to boosting your immune system but that is where you are wrong. Laughing can indeed boost the immune system. Research found that when you laugh, you release IgA (immunoglobulin A) which can fight infections and bacteria.

2.       Decreases stress

No doubt that laughing can decrease stress levels. You should know that when you laugh, stress hormones (like epinephrine and cortisol) will decrease. The presence of these hormones can restrain the immune system.

3.       Makes coping easier

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There are things that we cannot control in life. You lost a loved one or a job; it is disheartening but if you laugh, you will surely feel light and at ease. Laughing can indeed make coping easier. Yes, we cannot control things but we can control how we react to such things.

4.       Improves blood flow and pressure

You may not believe it but laughter can improve blood flow and pressure. Research found out that laughter revives blood circulation and amplifies blood’s oxygenation. Laughter, simple as it may seem, can improve cardiovascular health.

There are many benefits that you will find. Regardless of what you are going through or what you want to get rid of, it is important that you start laughing.

 

Jan

Possible Complications of Liposuction

You can freely consider liposuction if you have money and you feel you need it. But you need to be aware of its ill effects should it fail. They say that liposuction is relatively harmless but there are others that experienced complications. Here in Singapore, there was a man who died because of liposuction. The doctors who performed the procedure are facing serious charges. The two doctors were banned from doing the procedure. What are the risks of liposuction?

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Here’s an idea:

Common Side Effects:

Liposuction is not perfect. It has side effects but rest assured that the side effects can be contained. Common side effects of liposuction include temporary bruising, soreness, swelling and numbness around the affected areas. Apart from that, you can see minor scarring around the affection areas and irritation may happen. You will also notice a loose skin after a few months. Ideally, the skin should pull back after a few months.

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Uncommon Side Effects

There are people who experienced uncommon side effects. There are people who may experience lasting skin colour changes. There are others who endure uneven skin. Liposuction can spoil the skin and its nerves.

Dangerous Complications

God forbid, liposuction can also bring harmful complications. There are people who died from complications like excessive fluid and blood loss. It can also cause blood clotting. There are chances for an infection. A person may experience pulmonary edema (an accumulation of fluid in the lungs). Just pray that you will not endure toxic reaction. But these complications rarely happen.

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Knowing this, you should seriously think about liposuction before submitting yourself to the procedure. If you still want to proceed, it is important that you seek out a clinic that is famous for its effectiveness and efficacy.