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May

Which Activities Should You Invest Your Time In?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May

A Night at The Ottomani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ottomani is located at 48 Peck Seah St 079317.

Apr

Where to Find the Best Artisan Chocolates

Chocolate lovers often reach that point when they want to try chocolates not made by commercial companies. That is not to say the chocolates we find at stores aren’t tasty, but sometimes we want to try something different. These artisan chocolates are also not easy to find and are often produced locally.

What is an artisan chocolate?
Artisan chocolates are made by hand in small batches. This is opposed to commercial chocolates which are mass-produced. Artisan chocolates sometimes takes days to create. They also come in different designs and shapes. You might ask, do they use ingredients that are natural? Well, not necessarily. Even these small-scale chocolate makers use artificial coloring and ingredients to create their products. Some of these are meticulously picked and processed, however, and that is why some artisan chocolates can be pricey.

What are the types of artisan chocolates?
Like commercially-produced chocolates, artisan chocolates are divided into three categories; dark, milk and flavored. Dark chocolates have the highest percentage of cocoa solids and has little to no added sugar. Milk chocolates are cocoa solids mixed with milk. Other ingredients such as vanilla, butter, lecithin and milk fats are also used. Flavored chocolates are cocoa solids with flavorings and other ingredients besides those used to make milk chocolate. Some artisan chocolates add unusual ingredients such as chili, salt and others in the chocolate. What about white chocolate? White chocolate isn’t actually a type of chocolate because it isn’t made from cocoa solids, but are made instead from non-fat parts of cocoa.

How are artisan chocolates made?
Most artisan chocolatiers start with the cocoa beans. These are bought fresh from the market or directly supplied by farmers and then roasted. The husks are removed and the cocoa is refined into bars. There are two primary ingredients for any artisan chocolate, the cacao and sugar. Some artisans are particular about the type of cocoa beans they use. There are three types used today by chocolate makers. These are Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. After the husks of the beans are removed, the nibs are ground into chocolate liquor. Next, the chocolate is placed in a wet grinder to refine and aerate it. The sugar is usually added while the chocolate is refined. After the grinding, the chocolate is tempered by cooling and warming alternately and then molded.

Where to find artisan chocolates in Singapore?
Check out these artisan chocolatiers in the country.
1. Angelina Tea Room & Patisserie
2. Anjalichocolat Artisan Chocolatier
3. Artisan Boulangerie Co.
4. Beans to Bars
5. Chocolate Origin
6. Cocoa Colony
7. Demochoco
8. Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
9. Leela’s Fine Chocolates
10. Matt’s The Chocolate Shop
11. The Audacious Cakery
12. The Bakery Chef
13. Wimbly Lu Chocolates

Apr

What to Expect During Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a procedure that should be done by a certified medical practitioner. It takes time and proper planning before the procedure is performed so that there are no complications post-surgery. Remember that regardless of the type of procedure you want done, plastic surgery needs incisions.

How to Prepare Before the Procedure
There are several things the patient needs to observe before the scheduled procedure. When the person books an appointment, a consultation is done first before the operation is done. This will allow the doctor to assess what needs to be done and to determine if the patient is qualified for the procedure. Besides the standard medical examinations, the following should be observed:

1. Know your plastic surgeon. Read reviews and ask your friends about the best plastic surgeons. Research about the doctor’s credentials and the procedures available.
2. Inform the doctor of your medical history. Most competent doctors will look at your medical records. This is to avoid giving procedures to patients who might not be qualified for it.
3. The weight must be normal and maintained before the procedure. Fluctuations in weight can affect the result.
4. Inform the doctor about all the medications you’re taking including vitamin supplements and herbal remedies.
5. Smokers cannot undergo plastic surgery because it causes poor blood supply and will interfere with healing. As with most procedures, the concern is usually the recovery of the patient. Avoid smoking until the wound has completely healed.
6. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. This will make the procedure more difficult and will even affect the healing process. Avoid drinking until you are completely healed.

What to Do After Plastic Surgery
The doctor will usually give instructions post-surgery including proper care of the wounds. Most people, however, still practice their usual routine and that can affect the healing process. You should observe the following:

1. Never apply cosmetics while the sutures are still healing. Even if the plastic surgery is done on your face, you should not try to cover it with makeup because it might cause infections and allergic reactions.
2. You should limit your exposure to sunlight. You are not advised to apply sunscreen on the area because the wound must be kept clean. Only antibiotics and ointments recommended by the doctor should be used, so you should stay indoors while you’re still healing to avoid complications.

3. Avoid taking supplements and drinks that are not recommended by the doctor. Never self-medicate to speed up your healing. Chances are, the medicine you decided taking will interact negatively with your antibiotics.
4. Don’t forget the check-ups with your doctor. He/she will be able to monitor the healing process and schedule the removal of the sutures.
5. You need to monitor your diet while you’re healing. The doctor will probably recommend antibiotics for the wound to avoid infections. Some patients will be on a liquid diet for a time while others are recommended to have better intake of proteins for fast recovery.

Mar

5 Pieces of Advice to Get Through Your 20s

Your 20’s can be a tricky time in your life. You’re old enough to be considered an adult, and yet somehow you feel like the fish out of the water surrounded with people who are more adept, has more experience in life, and are filled with wisdom. You might be only starting the road to gaining life’s wisdom, so expect advices thrown your way every now and then.

It is generally a period filled with fun and exciting times, your 20s. Though filled with confusion at some point, it is always a time of transition and adventures you will look back on later in life. It may be a long journey but as you go along you will find yourself in a number of experiences which will richen your view in life.

Regardless, you can’t go wrong with arming yourself with advices to help you get through your 20s.

• Be bold and take risks
The thing with being in your 20’s is that you have the freedom to choose, well if you choose to, that is. This is the perfect time to pursue what sets your heart on fire and of what makes you happy. In so doing, there are things you might risk in the process but in order to figure out which things are worth pursuing—you have to take a risk and do it in the first place.

• Surround yourself with good friends
Good friends weigh more than the value of gold. As you grow older in life, it is important you keep in touch with lifelong friends who can make you feel better when you need some cheering up. They help you feel good about yourself even in times when you hate yourself the most, and they help you become a better person as a whole.

• Learn the art of gratitude
A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Take time to appreciate people’s efforts especially if they do something for you. A small gesture of gratitude along with a sincere smile may just complete someone’s day. We all fight our own battles and you never know when they may need positivity the most.

• Maintain a reading habit
Reading is one hobby you can pick up shortly especially after you’re through with your studies. Now that you aren’t necessarily required by the academia to read books, do it voluntarily and find a genre you are most interested in. For one, classics can bring a bit of perspective into your life. You may even pick up some lessons you haven’t before!

• Balance your work-personal life
Make every second of every day count. Don’t get too swamped with work, as your life doesn’t solely revolve around deadlines and summary reports. Learn how to manage your time well and spend time on doing the things you love the most. Take note, it won’t hurt to have some time for yourself and enjoy the little things in life.

Mar

A Brief List of Considerations to Take into Account during an Earthquake

Although Singapore is a city-state which is less prone to earthquakes because it’s not located on a plate boundary, neighboring boundaries may still affect the country in the event of a big tremor. For one, a very powerful quake can swing Singapore’s tall buildings and skyscrapers. With this unfortunate event likely to happen out of the blue, this puts all residents at risk.

It becomes imperative, then, for us to be aware of what to do during an earthquake. Vigilance is something we must all practice and exercise. Sure, we may find ourselves in panic and hysteria in times of distress — but awareness of what you should do may just secure you a ticket into survival and less to almost no casualty.

• If you are on an upper story of a building during an earthquake, do not attempt to leave the building while the tremor is ongoing.
Traversing a building and its surroundings in the midst of a quake is a terrible idea. Debris may fall upon you and injure you further compared to staying still in the place where you are and finding a material to help you duck, cover, and hold. It is not advisable to move around too much in the event of a quake because…

• Running or walking around when a quake is going on is very dangerous.
Since the ground is moving, the unstable floor may prompt you to lose balance and tumble over. With lots of debris that may fall upon you, being on the move may just land you more injuries. Traversing as little as possible while there is an earthquake significantly reduces your odds of risking your life to the many dangers around.

• Remember to duck, cover, and hold.
These are the three words you must keep in mind when there’s an earthquake happening: duck, cover, and hold. Finding cover to shield yourself is one guaranteed way to protect yourself from the dangers of falling debris. It has been found out that falling debris is the source of most injuries during a quake, hence it is imperative to protect yourself from getting hit.

• Generally, earthquakes do not last long.
Even when you are on your heightened survival mode, chances are you won’t be fast enough to leave the building you are in during a quake — especially when the floor is unpredictably shaking and debris are falling onto you. Instead of attempting to make it all the way out, find cover instead.

• Debris may fall outside, as well.
This is the reason why leaving the building when there’s a tremor going on doesn’t guarantee you utmost safety. Outdoor façade materials, like glass and bricks, may also fall outside during an earthquake. Accordingly, keep yourself sheltered and brace for any possible aftershocks.

Feb

The Importance of Swimming Today

Swimming is usually thought of as just fun and games. Remember as a kid when swimming meant you would get to play around a huge pool of water where everything seemed fun? Well, swimming is more than just fun and games. In fact, swimming is a great way to improve one’s fitness.

Swimming is a great way to train your body
A lot of people who are into health and wellness would actually argue that swimming should be part of our basic human physical activities. It makes sense, people should definitely learn how to swim. Not only because swimming is a great way to relieve stress but also because swimming really does help us become healthier and better functioning human beings. Intense swimming can be considered as an amazing way to not only burn calories but also exercise and improve your overall physical capacity.

A lot of people who take working out seriously would tell you that they would go for an intense swim at least once a week. Shouldn’t we all? Swimming is a bit different from regular workouts but if we had to categorize swimming with a certain type of workout, we’d have to put swimming in with cardiovascular exercises.

Important aspects of swimming
Swimming relies on two great factors: stamina and endurance. Rather than just pure strength, swimming pushes you to increase your stamina. For those of you who aren’t that into fitness, stamina is very important because it measures how far you can actually go. The bigger your stamina, the more things you are able to do before becoming tired.

Stamina isn’t the only thing swimming is good for, there is also endurance. As it suggests, your endurance is about how much physical stress your body is able to endure. What most people don’t realize is that even if you are tired, you are still supposed to be pushing yourself a little more. The greater your endurance, the more physical stress you are able to take thus allowing your body to improve and grow.

Developing your entire being through swimming
Your body isn’t made to stay within its comfort zone. You won’t improve if you just stay where you’re comfortable all the time. As human beings, improvement and growth is very important and this is why swimming is a great physical activity to incorporate in your string of physical activities.

The benefits of swimming are great and the best part is that you can still definitely have fun while you are swimming. Don’t shy away from a good exercise. In fact, you should look forward to swimming at least once a week. Make swimming part of your lifestyle and you’ll see how much of your bodily functions has improved over time. Start swimming as soon as today!

Feb

Finding the Perfect Party Outfit

It’s undeniable that since it is the holidays, there’s bound to be a few parties you’d have to go to. Parties are a great way to socialize either by meeting new people or by strengthening the connection between the people you already know. Make sure that you fit in but also stand out with the outfit that you are wearing.

Your looks are very important as they speak a lot about yourself. Although we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, if we do not give a great amount of respect towards the way we look, then wouldn’t it be hard for others to give us the same amount of respect as well?

Here are a few tips for you to look great at the party:

1. Be Appropriate
Knowing who is going to the party and what type of clothes you are supposed to wear is definitely a must! Have you ever went to a party where everyone looks stunning except a couple of people who look way too casual to the point that it looks like they don’t care or people who look like they just came from work and did not give a shred of effort into their outfit? You don’t want to be those people.

2. Plan Ahead
Never go to a party wearing just anything in your wardrobe, you should always plan ahead! Why? Because not only will you be able to determine which clothes look better than others and which clothes are the appropriate attire for the party, you will also become more confident in your outfit because of the fact that you have planned ahead! This also saves you from stress before the party which could turn into a buzz kill.

3. Buy Something New
Now, maybe it’s time to treat yourself? This is a great opportunity to buy something new that does not only make you look better but also gives you that great feeling that you are wearing something you’ve never worn before. It doesn’t have to be that extravagant like a new dress or a new tuxedo. It can even be just a new pair of socks which feel good and make you more confident.

Go to a party in style and leave a great impression at the back of people’s minds. Sadly, your appearance isn’t everything, you also have to conduct yourself in a way that is appropriate for the party. Leave a good impression on everyone and who knows, you might even make good connections who might later on be good friends, business partners, or maybe even your romantic partner in the future.

Dec

Commonly Made Mistakes When Hiring a VoIP Provider

More and more companies are now replacing their old telephone systems with the state-of-the-art VoIP services. This communication service gained some good following due to its wide-ranging benefits – it cuts the costs on telephone bills, offers virtual local numbers, telecommuting, private faxes and many more. Still, not all businesses in Singapore are able to make the most out of these advantages as some of them often end up hiring incompetent providers. For that reason, we listed down some of the common mistakes made when choosing a VoIP service provider, as well as some ways you can do to avoid them.

1. Choosing an Inexperienced VoIP Provider
Selecting a VoIP service that’s new in the industry is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes you could make when hiring one. Aside from not knowing how to successfully deploy their service into your business, they might also be using you as a test subject. Even worse, they could go out of business with no notice at all, leaving devastating effects to their clients. To avoid the risk of this happening to you and your business, opt for a provider who’s been delivering VoIP services for five years already. This length of time is already an indicator of quality services, satisfied clients, and stable finances.

2. Installing a VoIP Service on an Unstable Internet Connection
Nearly 60 percent of the VoIP-related issues experienced by some businesses in Singapore are often due to their internet connection. An insufficient or unstable connection could cause choppy voice, dropped calls, and frustrated staff. One way of preventing this is ensuring that your internet connection is stable enough and free of problems before a VoIP system is installed. Your prospective provider like www.crystalvoice.com.sg from Singapore should have all the tools necessary to diagnose the issues of your internet, as well as to determine its stability. So before switching to VoIP, make sure first that your internet cap is large enough and has a stable connection to handle a good number of simultaneous calls.

3. Neglecting the Hidden Charges in VoIP Installation
While the cheap VoIP pricing you saw on the internet may seem appealing, do know that it’s not what it seems. Unlimited calling plans often only include the provider’s network which is very small. With an off network usage that could get as high as $.065/minute and a desk phone being used about 750 minutes/month, the charges you will have every month is anything but cheap.

Your best bet to deal with the hidden charges is to choose a VoIP in Singapore that has an unlimited plan for both local and international calls. Although variable plans are also a good option, they can be too unpredictable in terms of price – but if you prefer this kind of plan, ensure that you know the plan’s per-minute charges. Estimate your business’ monthly usage and then do the math.

4. Hiring a Provider Who Doesn’t Deliver All the Features
Most VoIP providers in Singapore offer a lot of exciting features and capabilities in their services. However, some of common phone system functions like the busy lamp field or the paging feature might not be offered at all. Don’t take these basic telephone features for granted. Instead, spend some time watching how the new system is used and which features are necessary to achieve a smoother business operation. Plus, verifying that you have been provided with these features will save you from experiencing any nasty surprises later on.

5. Selecting a Provider Who Won’t Consider Traffic and Bandwidth
Internet connections from DSL circuits and cable companies tend to have lower upload speeds, especially if unorganized data and voice traffic completes for this limited resource. Even more so if you are sending a large email while conducting a phone call. Save yourself from experiencing any of these communication issues by opting for a VoIP provider who will prioritize dealing with the traffic in your internet connection. Inquire about how could your data vendor prioritize their voice traffic, and if they can’t seem to give you an answer or claim that it doesn’t have to be done, then you would very well find a new VoIP provider.

6. Choosing a Provider Who Doesn’t Offer a Disaster Recovery Plan
Another common mistake that most VoIP clients make is hiring a provider without knowing whether or not they offer a disaster recovery plan for their system. Failing to ask your prospective provider about their disaster recovery plan could leave you and your business in a bind in the event that a system failure occurs. Instead of assuming that your VoIP provider will automatically include a disaster recovery plan in their services, don’t hesitate to inquire as whether or not they will be providing you with the said recovery plan.

7. Switching Providers Without Knowing the Termination Rules
Most vendors of VoIP in Singapore often offer attractive pricing and cheaper installation charges in exchange for their client’s long-term commitments. So ensure that you review the contract you signed with them, and that you understand the cancellation procedures, remaining term, as well as termination charges included in it. Knowing these things will also keep you from getting surprise charges after committing to a new VoIP provider.

Switching to VoIP service allows you to enjoy advantages like reduced phone bills and transformed manner of business operations. For that reason, ensure that you avoid committing any of the aforementioned mistakes when choosing your VoIP provider so you could make the most out of the advantages offered by this state-of-the-art communication system.

Aug

5 Makeup Brush Hacks worth Keeping in Mind

Most women in Singapore consider their beauty tools as a good investment. Quality makeup brushes and other beauty tools could put a dent on your savings, so knowing how you could get the most out of them is crucial. That’s why keeping some of these genius makeup brush hacks in mind could make all the difference when it comes to properly caring for your beauty tools and using them to their full potential.

1. Apply Face Masks Using Foundation Brush
Flat makeup brushes aren’t only good for applying your liquid foundation, they’re also as effective when used to paint on your face mask. The curving formation of its bristles makes spreading the mask on your eye and mouth area as easy as smoothing a liquid or cream-based makeup throughout your face.

2. Use Eyeshadow Brush to Apply Loose Powders
Instead of using your traditional, big brush, apply your loose powder using a small, domed eyeshadow brush. Its small size and tapered shape provides better control in powder application, keeping the areas you want to appear dewy from getting over-powdered.

3. Transform Your Brush With Bobby Pins
Don’t have a contour brush in your beauty kit? Then easily create one using your spare bobby pin. All you’ve got to do is secure the pin near the base of your fluffy brush, and it’ll instantly turn into an angled brush perfect for contouring. Just make sure that you don’t leave the pin for too long so as to avoid permanently altering the bristles of your makeup brush.

4. Dry Your Brushes Using Rubber Bands
Knowing how to properly dry your brushes is the key to effectively clean your tools. To avoid ruining its bristles or loosening the glue that’s holding them together, make sure that you hang your brushes upside down every time you dry them. One way of doing it is securing your brushes on a hanger using rubber bands after doing a good wash.

5. Moisten Brushes to Intensify Product Pigment
To make your foiled, metallic and shimmer shadows shine even more, spray your brush with a setting spray before patting it on any makeup product. Alternatively, a tap of water can be as effective if you’re just fresh out of your prepping or setting spray.

Putting these expert makeup brush hacks to work will ensure that your brushes stay in their tip-top shape and help yield better beauty looks. So incorporate these beauty tricks into your routine now and see how it could make your makeup application process as easy as pie.

Aug

5 Ingredients You Should Add in Your Baths

There’s just something about a nice, hot bath that helps you de-stress and unwind. But instead of sitting on plain hot water, try adding certain ingredients to your bathwater to help soothe both your body and mind. Besides a glittery bath bomb, here are other ingredients that you should incorporate in your bath time to give your body its much needed tender loving care.

1. Milk
Milk is loaded with proteins, fats and lactic acid, which won’t only hydrate but also soften and smoothen your skin. While you can add either the powdered or liquid version to your bathwater, dermatologists recommend using two cup of full-fat milk to further optimize the softening, smoothing and hydrating benefits of milk.

2. Honey
Just like milk, honey also offers skin-smoothing benefits thanks to the antioxidants and amino acids that it contain. You can add it on its own or pair it up with milk to enjoy a well-hydrated and extra soft skin. To add it on your bath, simply dissolve a cup of honey in hot water before incorporating it to your bath so it becomes evenly distributed.

3. Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea salt is loaded with bromides, magnesium, potassium and calcium chloride, all of which have muscle-relaxing properties. So to help increase your blood circulation, calm your nervous system, and ease any muscle pain, it’s recommended to dissolve two cups of this salt into your bathwater.

4. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay baths are excellent for detoxifying your skin and healing body breakouts. Since clay has a tendency to get clumpy when mixed with water, it’s advised that you thoroughly mix a cup of clay in warm water before gradually adding it to your bathwater.

5. Colloidal Oatmeal
Although it’s totally fine to use ground oats, adding colloidal oatmeal might just be a better option due to its anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing benefits. What’s more amazing about this oats is it comes in a handy packaging, allowing you to add it to your bathwater with much ease.

Plain bathwater might already feel relaxing, but just by adding an ingredient or two from your pantry could instantly turn it to something that’ll calm you and aid in your skin issues. So be sure to use any of the aforementioned ingredients on your next so you can see how beneficial it can be both for your skin and your mind.

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.