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Jan

Why Laughing is Important In Our Life

The old saying “laughter is the best medicine”, may very much hold true. Especially in our time today where everyone notices they have so much struggle, sadness, disappointments and etc. Clearly, life is not always easy, but by sharing a good laugh we can make it much less miserable.

Benefits of Laughing

Lowers stress

Clearly enough, it isn’t very surprising that laughing can improve our mood very easily. When we laugh, our muscles become more relaxed, relieving tension around the body. Not only does laughing ease physical tension, it also significantly reduces the formation of stress hormones.

Good for the heart

Laughing also pushes us to exercise our lungs and abdominal muscles, which in turn improves our circulation and blood flow. This can help us maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and protect us from heart diseases.

Strengthens the immune system

Laughter doesn’t only reduce stress hormones, it can increase and strengthen immune cells as well. It can also specifically affect the lymphatic system which is responsible for collecting and cleaning waste all around the body.

Better social interactions

Having a good laugh with others can help you form better bonds and relationships. Because laughing can be contagious, people who can make others laugh easily are naturally alluring. They give off the impression that they are friendly, fun and easy to be with. 

Promotes a positive mood

Laughter increases the production of endorphins, hormones that make us feel happier.  It also encourages a positive mood not only for yourself, but also for the people around you. It can make your workplace livelier and making more tasks easier to carry out.

Ways to laugh more

 Joke around

One popular Singaporean joke that’s already been going around for a long time goes:

“Good morning sir, may I have your order?”

“Big Mac for me, Cheeseburger for my son, McChicken for my DONKEY wife.”

“Big Mac, Cheeseburger & McChicken. Any side order, sir?”

“Lemme see. French fries for me, fudge sundae for my son, & apple pie for my DONKEY wife.”

“French fries, fudge sundae, apple pie. Any drinks, sir?”

“Sure. Coffee for me, coke for my son, & milkshake for my DONKEY wife.”

“Coffee, coke, & milkshake. That’ll be … dollars.”

“Here you go. C’mon son, let’s go to our table. Your DONKEY mother will collect the food.”

“Excuse me, madam. Sorry to intrude, but how can your husband be so rude? He kept calling you DONKEY, even to your son.”

“Hannor! HEE-HAW, so liddat one! HEE-HAW, veri bad one! HEE-HAW, neh give face one!”

Surf the internet

With the internet, it’s very easy to find funny things. It is a treasure cove for jokes, video clips, and more.

Laugh at yourself sometimes

Don’t worry if you think you’re bad at jokes, jokes aren’t the only ways to make others laugh. Share a story! We can’t deny that we have embarrassing moments from time to time and talking about those moments usually invites laughter.

Jan

The Benefits of Rice

With rice being the most widely consumed staple food around the world, especially in Asia, we just can ignore how important and how good it can be for our body. If you think about it, here are really just more reasons for you to get that Hainanese chicken rice.

The Nutrients

The different varieties of rice each have different nutritional values. White rice is mostly made up of carbohydrates, and a certain percentage of protein and fat. It is also a great source of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and etc. Brown rice also contains carbohydrates, protein, and fat, but considerably more compared to white rice. It has about four times more fiber compared to white rice.

These nutrients are all beneficial for our bodies and can help us become healthier.

The Benefits

Supplies energy

Rice is a great source of energy because it is rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are fuel that our body and brain need for healthy functioning. Having rice provides us with more fuel so that we can finish our daily activities without getting tired too easily.

Promotes cardiovascular well-being 

Because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, rice aids our blood flow leading to a healthier cardiovascular system. Rice helps prevent the narrowing of blood vessels and cleans away excess sodium in the blood to prevent blockage in the arteries.

Controls blood pressure

The risk for high blood pressure can be found with having high levels of cholesterol, which we get from fatty foods. Too much intake of sodium also leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure. But rice is low on both fat and sodium. And as mentioned earlier, the other components of rice help to cleanse excess sodium in the blood.

May help prevent cancer

Rice, brown rice specifically, contains a good amount of fiber. It prevents the development and growth of cancer cells in the body. This is made possible because fiber because it enhances the body’s ability to move waste material so that they cannot affect other cells negatively.

Also controls blood sugar

Fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar and keeps it in check. It checks and slows the absorption of glucose into the blood so that it is distributed more efficiently to where it is needed. Having too much glucose in the blood is already a big enough reason for blood sugar to rise, but having too much glucose in the blood can also damage the cells around them.

Aids digestion

Having some rice has been known to help with constipation, dysentery, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Again, this is because of its richness in fiber. Soluble fiber helps with blood sugar and blood pressure while insoluble fiber helps with digestion. Insoluble fiber is not included in digestion, rather, it allows other food to move through your system easily.

Dec

Top Six Life-Saving Tips for Beginning Bakers

Even though it seems difficult (and even more so when the pros make it look so easy), baking can actually quite fun and fulfilling once you get your first batch out of the oven. There are a few steps you can take towards making better baked goods:

  1. Follow the recipe to the letter. While cooking is an art, baking is a science, especially when you’re following a recipe. Aside from your ingredients, methods, and how you bring them all together, there are other variables and factors that you need to consider such as altitude and hot spot variations in the oven.

A general rule to follow when baking is that when in doubt, sticking to the instructions will get you good results each time.

  • Keep all your ingredientsclose by. Beforebaking, write down a list of all your ingredients, equipment, and tools thatyou will need for the recipe and arrange them in your workplace in a way that they’reeasy to reach. This will save you a lot of time when bringing them together toform your batch later on.
  • Don’t make rough estimates. You’ll save yourself and your taste buds from a lot of disappointment later on by measuring the exact amount of ingredients that you need for making the dough/batter/etc. as well as the amount of time needed for your batch to sit in the oven. A timer and measuring equipment in the kitchen will do you wonders.
  • Don’t over-mix your batter. Depending on the recipe that you’re planning on cooking, over-mixed batter will only result in really tough finished products. The point of mixing is simply to incorporate the ingredients into the mixture, so be sure to do exactly just that (unless otherwise specified).
  • Baking mats and parchment paper are your best friends. There is nothing more annoying for a baker than seeing your work stick to baking tray (or worse, fall through the oven rack).

While dusting your workspace with flour is one way tokeep your dough or batter from sticking to the countertop, having baking matsand parchment paper for your goods will save you a lot of time and effort inscraping the dough later on, and can keep your baked goods intact.

  • A pinch is one-eighth of a teaspoon. When a recipe calls for “a pinch” of anything (though this is mostly limited to dry ingredients), bring your thumb, index, and middle finger together for this purpose.
  • Don’t worry too much about messing up your first few batches. Mistakes are bound to happen, and learning from them will help you grow as a baker. And even more importantly, have fun!
Dec

6 Tips for Buying a New Bed (That Will Have You Sleeping Like a Baby)

The bed is perhaps one of the most underrated pieces of furniture around, and chances are that you’re going to take it for granted until you notice that you no longer enjoy sleeping on it.  

But now that you’ve proceeded to ditch your old mattress and get yourself a new one, be sure to follow these tips to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep every time:

1. Firmer is not always better. People’s preferences and needs are different, and with a firm bed, you might as well be sleeping on a carpeted floor – if you don’t enjoy it, you’re better off with something that has a little give.  

Softness isn’t exactly better for your back, either, as a mattress that’s too soft can sag leave you with poor posture when you wake up.

2. Feelfree to give yourself a comfort test. While thisdoesn’t mean you should lie down or sit on it (many establishments that sellmattresses actually don’t let you do this), pressing your hand down on themattress should be enough to give you a feel of how comfy it is.

3. Check the warranty. A brand-new mattress that’s being sold will have at a minimum warranty of ten years. You should also consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector to keep it from getting stained, as any staining can void the warranty.

4. Bed size is key. The general rule of thumb when choosing a new mattress is to get one that you can fit in your bedroom in the first place – there’s no point in getting a king- or queen-sized bed if you can’t get it through the door.

You should also pick a bed size that fits what youneed at home. You may opt for a smaller one if you live alone or are the onlyperson sleeping on the bed, but if you live with your partner or spouse, oryour whole family sleeps on the same bed, a king- or queen-sized bed might bethe bed that you need.

5. Set aside some of the budget for a bed frame. The bed frame is also just important as the mattress itself, and a solid metal frame will be able to go through several beds without a problem.

As long as the casters on the corners and the mid-section of the frame are heavyweight, you can count on the frame to support you without buckling anytime soon.  

6. Always keep an eye out for the “gimmicks”. While mattress sellers that will advertise the bed as “medically-approved” or “orthopedic”, keep in mind that there is no single organization that can verify this.

Nov

What You Need to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Trips

Your circuit breaker is what keeps you from a fire and electric hazard at home or in your office. Most circuit breakers today will cut off electricity when there is a leakage, such as when someone accidentally touches a live wire.

However, when it doesn’t, you should know whether you can fix it yourself or whether you should call an electrician in Singapore for professional wiring service to get your circuit back to normal. In case of emergency, contact a 24 hour electrical service.

When Circuit Breakers Trip
Circuit breakers are a type of electrical switch responsible for controlling and protecting the circuits in your home or office. While they seem like simple on/off switches at first, a power trip happens when there’s too much electrical current flowing through the wires, or if a person accidentally touches an exposed wire. It is best to call a blackout technician for electrical wiring repair in case this happens in your Singapore home.

There are a few reasons why circuit breakers trip:

• Circuit overload – Here, your home’s circuit is drawing in more power than what it can handle, which naturally causes the breaker to trip as a safety measure.

• Short circuit – When a live wire touches a neutral or ground wire, the result is a lowered resistance leading to an uninterrupted flow of electricity. This will also trigger the circuit breaker.

• Ground fault – These occur when live wires come in contact with a ground wire, the metal of a wall box, or wood framing members. This often happens in old electrical works not properly maintained by a cabling technician.

• Arc fault – This is perhaps the most dangerous hazard you can encounter, as this results in visible electrical discharge.

In the event of a power failure, be sure to turn off your circuit breaker. This will minimize the risk of your power supply electrocuting you or accidentally overloading.

However, you will need to call a licensed electrician if your circuit breaker frequently trips, as this may mean a larger problem.

Solving Power Tripping
Power tripping is a risk to your home if you don’t take the proper precautions for your home’s electric circuit. However, there are ways to avoid this.

• You can install power point switches in your outlets to act as a safety measure against accidental electrical discharge.

• Perform regular maintenance on your electric circuit, especially if you want to connect electric wires. This will avoid problems such as short circuiting later on, which will require a professional electrical service to fix.

• Whatever you do, never approach circuit breakers if the ground or floor is wet. For this reason, you can usually see residential linemen wear rubber gloves and shoes that insulate against electricity.

• Update your circuit breaker and your circuit breaker panel. While you can do this yourself if you know how to do it properly and safely, it’s usually best to minimize the risk and leave it to a licensed electrician.

Replacing circuit breakers and checking your tripped panel is a task best left to a certified electrical worker, which our company is more than happy to provide for your problems.

As a commercial electrical contractor, we are proud to have well-trained commercial and home electric handyman ready to take on your problems and bring your electrical circuit back up and running in no time!

We also operate as a 24 hour electrician company, which means we can respond to your electrical problems at any time, be it early in the morning or late at night.

Schedule an appointment and get the electrician services for your home or office today!

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

Nov

The Significance of Freight Forwarding Services Today

The transportation of goods around and out of Singapore involves quite a complicated process. There are a lot of documents to file, you need to negotiate with carriers, and a lot more. This is why freight forwarding is important in today’s time.

So, what is it exactly?

A freight forwarder is a firm or an individual who functions as a logistics company for transporting cargo whether by sea, land, or air. They also organise shipment and arrange the routes with carriers they are associated with. They basically prepare everything for their clients, from processing the documents, to storage the goods to be delivered, to talking over the shipping fees between the clients and the carriers.

Take note though that a freight forwarder is not the entity that does the actual delivering of goods. They only serve as mediators between the client and the transportation carrier. If you want to know more about logistics management to and from Singapore, click here for list of forwarders you can call and partner with.

Goods and how they are transported

Before everything, there are documents to be completed. The bill of lading is a legal document that is given by the carrier, or the freight forwarding agent, to the client (shipper). It acts as a receipt and essentially contains a list of the shipment of goods.

Goods are transported through land, air, and sea. Different types of cargo are also carried in these mediums.

Air freight is the fastest transportation that will deliver packages by air from Singapore to your destination. This is the first option to consider when transporting time-sensitive cargo like medicines, armaments and perishable goods. It’s also considered as the priciest out of all other cargo handling methods.

Sea freight, on the other hand, is the shipping method used for larger cargo, those otherwise that cannot be carried by a plane, like shipping containers. It’s also quite an efficient method of transporting goods simply because our planet is made mostly of water.

International freight and export goods primarily move through the air or sea. By the time it reaches foreign soil, of course land transport carriers take over. Again, all land, air, and sea carriers are ones that the freight forwarder is already connected with.

Logistics

A forwarding agent also provides cargo consolidation store for their clients from Singapore. This means that aside from the other services like cargo handling mentioned earlier, they also have warehouses in different locations around the world where goods can be stored safely. Plus, clients are able to check on the status of the cargo and track whether it has arrived in the warehouse or has been rerouted to another destination.

This is also particularly easy with air freight because in addition to the forwarding company, the airport also keeps track of the location of the plane itself.

Hiring a freight forwarding is essential in our time because it gives us an easier time with delivering goods, both big and small. The shipper won’t have to stress too much about the papers, he/she also won’t have to look for reliable carriers, and the transportation of cargo becomes safer because the shipper and the forwarding company is able to track its status and if it’s successfully delivered or not.

Nov

How to Deal with Avoidant Attachment in Your Relationship

Avoidant attachment develops early in life when the child is taught to “deal with the problem” on his/her own without seeking others for help, and when it’s reinforced by the absence of parents to help the child, this carries on well into adulthood.

Because of this, people with avoidant behavior can seem frustrating to deal with. They will tend to wall themselves off and come off as detached and aloof, especially since they seem unwilling to open up about their feelings.

However, this doesn’t mean that your partner is a lost cause – there are ways for you to help in allowing him/her to establish trust and express themselves better and more fully.

Improving Your Intimacy
People who have avoidant attachments struggle to maintain close relationships with their partners, especially since these are the problems that they’re likely to encounter:

• Distance – The most noticeable way that an avoidant person deals with rejection is by walling people off and keeping their feelings to themselves.

• Negativity – Repressing emotions, both negative and positive, is also a defense mechanism that hides vulnerability. However, this also means that they don’t get the chance to develop their skills at expressing or dealing with their own feelings.

• Sabotage – If your partner exhibits avoidant behavior, there’s a good chance he/she will start looking for ways to undermine the relationship to avoid getting “too close”.

One of the most important things to have in a relationship with an avoidant person is patience – it will take the time to get him/her to open up to you. By taking this time, you’ll have a much better chance at getting your desired outcome.

Self-confidence is also another really important trait, as this will let you keep things in perspective when you’re going through tough times with your partner.

Here are other ways that will help you deal with avoidant attachment:
• Don’t take it personally – Most of the time, how your partner deals with your relationship is based on their childhood. Keeping this in mind will put things in perspective.

• Give them space – Everyone needs their “alone” time, and respecting this is a must for anyone in a relationship.

This also extends to letting your partner open up to you on his/her own pace. Once they get used to the stability and their trust, they will start sharing how they feel.

• Don’t be afraid to stand your ground – Don’t lose yourself in the process! Have a solid sense of self is always a good thing, and clear communication with your partner is key in resolving issues that need to be brought up.

While couples’ therapy is often stigmatized, it can actually be really helpful for both you and your partner to get to know each other better and improve your relationship.

Different attachment styles are developed since childhood and carry over onto our adult lives, and keeping this in mind will help you deal with it while standing your ground at the same time.