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Sep

Fall in Love with These Coffee Shops

Whether it’s raining or unbearably hot as we are now well into summer, going to coffee shops never seems to go out of fashion. From the time coffee shops became a hit, until now we see more and more of them sprouting like mushrooms at every corner across the country. With so many to choose from, it’s quite impossible to visit each one of them. So which ones are worth taking the time to visit? To answer your query, here’s a compilation of Singapore’s noteworthy coffee shops.

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Loysel’s Toy Cafe

When you’re sipping that good cup of coffee, all you want to do is relax and be as laid-back as possible. At Loysel’s Toy Cafe, you get to do exactly just that. Known for their freshly brewed coffee, Loysel’s Toy Cafe continues to pack a steady number of followers.  Why wouldn’t they keep coming back? The place serves good coffee, there’s plenty of seating both indoor and outdoor, and the overall feel of the place is simple and rustic. So if you feel like you just want to hang out, either by yourself or with a couple of friends, take a ride to Loysel’s Toy Cafe at 66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01 Sam Tat Building Singapore 338987.

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The best thing about this place is everything! When you go here, you simply imbibe that general sense of warmth and wellbeing. With a sign that says: “this home runs on love, laughter, and cups of strong coffee,” you’ll instantly feel like you belong in a genuine community. And as you have a taste of their great selection of brews and delightful meals, you’ll discover for yourself why so many people are such fans of Necessary Provisions. They’ve got espresso based coffees, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas, sandwiches, pasta, rice dishes, and even craft beers. And all of these are available at reasonable prices. This lovely coffee shop is indeed worth checking out, so head straight to 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993 and expect no less than a feel good experience.

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Papa Palheta

Such a die-hard coffee addict that you don’t just want to drink it but you also want to brew it yourself? Then hone your barista skills at Papa Palheta as they are not only a coffee boutique experienced in providing coffee lovers with great-tasting specialty brews but they also offer workshops from proper espresso extraction and milk texturing to the fundamentals of free pour latte art. For more details on their complete selection of coffees and the different classes they offer, do check their site at papapalheta.com or visit their shop at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563.

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Sep

Time to De-stress

With the ever-increasing stress that our daily lives entail, it would sure be nice to just pause for a while and relax. One great way to de-stress is through meditation. Even if you’re a newbie when it comes to meditation, that’s no problem because there are many groups here in Singapore that do offer classes to guide you through it step by step .

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Singapore Free Meditation Group

This community of various professionals was founded on October 3rd, 2012 with an aim to offer programs and workshops on meditation to their fellow Singaporeans. They are non-denominational, non-religious and anyone who’s interested is very much welcome to join for free. The sessions are conducted in English every Tuesday, starting from 8PM until 9PM and the venue is at The Makeup Room, 236A River Valley Road, Singapore 238294. For more details refer to their site at singaporefreemeditation.com.

Singapore Breath Meditation

The Singapore Breath Meditation Group teaches meditation through the simple yet effective act of proper breathing. It is also a non-religion based group which seeks to assist others in achieving an inner state of well-being and better balance in one’s life. Their two upcoming meet-ups, totally free of charge, will be on April 27th and May 4th, 2014. To reserve your slot, you need to join their group on their website at meetup.com/breathmeditation/.

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Sahaja Yoga Meditation Society

As a non-profit organisation, the Sahaja Yoga Meditation Society aims to share the knowledge of meditation, self-realization, and the promotion of healthy lifestyle in the community. In Sanskrit, sahaja is the word for “spontaneous” while yoga means “union”, which translates to what the society is encouraging – spontaneous union with the self through channeling the energy within us. To experience the benefits of this meditation, everyone is free to join. Their classes held at One Commonwealth #09-28 have four available schedules while the classes at 2 Sembawang Crescent are only held on Saturdays.

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Aug

Singapore’s Food Festival – Tasting the Delectable Local Dishes

Even if you go outside your country or maybe your city, there is no doubt that you will miss the foods that you are traditionally eating since your childhood days. Because of that, you will actually find some ways to bring back that taste that you wanted.  It may be a battle of choice for cooking the dishes. You may cook the food far from your homeland or just find some ways to leave where you are and go home.

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When it talks about Singapore foods, expect that you would commit a sin – gluttony. With the mouth-watering, tasty and delicious cuisines, there’s no way that you will share at least half. In Singapore, foods are typically sold in many business establishments like food eateries, restaurant and street foods.

Basically, Singapore local foods vary from different classes and prices. As usual, prices at restaurant are higher than the regular price. On the other hand, foods sold in the food stalls are also expensive. However, it is not that pricey compared to getting food orders at a restaurant. But when it talks about recipes that are being sold near the street or what they called street foods.

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The year 1994 is the debut of the festival – the annually celebrated Singapore Food Festival. Once the festival starts, expect a plate full of food most especially Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines. However, what matters most is that people will appreciate and eat every delicious foods in the plates of different Singaporeans.

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Aug

Singapore’s National Day

Every year, it is a must for every country to celebrate ever y significant day whether it is a bad experience or good or perhaps it is a success or defeat. Why? This is because it is part of history – the past events that can never be replaced, altered or edited. Every August 9 marks the most important day for all Singaporeans. This is the country’s National Day – a day that the nation achieved independence from Malaysia.

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The National Day was first held at Padang in the year 1966. This year, the country will celebrate its 48th day of independence. In the past decades where Singapore was not freed yet, they took their problem as a challenge instead of plunging themselves to the problem. Because they accepted and won the challenge, a sweet triumph was obtained by the country.

When August 9 hits the Singapore calendar, the city changes its appearance – from a vibrant city to a patriotic one. In the entire country, you will see national flags on almost all establishments which includes business firms/buildings, convenience stores as well as public houses.

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Patriotism is not the only act that is seen in the metro because there are also act of entertainment. This is by the performances by different groups that will perform on during the said holiday. Also, it is not forgotten that every year, Singapore officials are making yearly reports and updates on the activities, financial status, infrastructure projects, technological advances and other updates which involve the plans of the government.

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Jul

How to Handle Missed Credit Card Payment

You have credit cards but you miss payment last month for reasons you only know. You are not alone. Here in Singapore, according to the Credit Bureau Singapore (CBS), a large number of people missed payments on their bills last year. The role of CBS is to deliver bank information to fortify their risk assessment.

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CBS found out that about 14.64% of clients missed at least payment on their accounts in 2013. If you recently forgot about your credit card payment, you have to act immediately before the bank summons you. Here are some things that you should do to handle missed credit card payments:

  • Pay immediately: When you realized that you miss the payment, you should make the payment right away. Do not wait for the next billing statement. You should know that creditors will report your delinquency after 30 days so do not wait for the next statement. If you have money, pay it.

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  • Ask for leniency: You have to call your bank and ask for leniency if you will make a late payment. Creditors will be lenient to you especially if you are not a late payer by nature. There are creditors who will waive late payments if you ask for it.
  • Remember your due: The best thing that you can do is to remember your due date. You can put it in your smartphones as a reminder. You can even post the due date in your notebook. It will be up to you.  

If you cannot sustain the payment, you should let the bank know right away and have your card cut. It is better to consider debit card than credit card.

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Jul

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Painting Service Contractor

Your house could be the most expensive investment you have ever made in your life. That’s why it is very important to choose only the best when it comes to your house painting. Look for professional Singapore painting services provider to ensure top quality works. By doing that, you will know that your hard-earned lifetime investment is in good hands. However, before you start calling those self-proclaimed “professional” house painters, first know the basic questions to ask in order to hire the right house painting contractor.

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1. “Are you insured?”
The insurance will help protect your bases. If an accident happened at some point during the house painting process, the insurance will be able to protect both you and the painting services contractor. So if the answer to this question is “no,” then don’t proceed any further. Scratch the painter off the list and proceed to another one. The moment you get “yes” for an answer, that’s the time you proceed to the next question.

2. “How long have you been in the business?”
You need someone who has been in the Singapore painting services industry for several years. Years of experience highly matters in any kind of work. Being in business for years will reflect that the company is reputable enough to be trusted by many over a long time. To verify this, request for names and contact numbers of their past clients and call several of them. Ask questions like how the results of the contractor’s work are doing so far and how the company worked with you.

3. “What pre-painting procedures do you usually do?”
Good pre-painting procedure will greatly help in making the paint look better and last longer. Make sure your hired affordable painting services Singapore contractor are going to wash and scrape off old paint remains appropriately. This part is what painters usually skip if they’re working on a cheap budget. If you want a cheaper overall cost, you can do the pre-painting procedure yourself. Any level of pre-painting procedure is acceptable as long as you get everything off before the contractor starts painting.

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4. “How long will the job take?”
The answer to this question depends on you. If you need the job to be done as soon as possible, then there’s no point in negotiating with a contractor who would only be able to start the job several weeks from now. Your patience and the urgency of the job will determine if you can wait that long. However, a painting services contractor that is going to take longer to finish the job for a more thorough and better results could be a good investment of your effort, time, and money.

5. “Who will work in my house?”
The person you negotiated with about the price and quality of work will probably not be the same person who will do the actual house painting job. Ask who the team leader is and the employees they will be sending to do the job. Also, ask what kind of skills training they have undergone and whether they have done background checks on these workers before hiring them. If possible, ask for certifications and proof of these claims to ensure that these people can be trusted as they will be working closely with you, your family, and your home.

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Jul

Features of LinkedIn

You know about Facebook, Instagram or Twitter but you are not familiar of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is also a social network site but it is focused on your career. On April 18, 2014, the company announced that it has now more than 300 million members around the world. Its business orientation drew many people or members.

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LinkedIn is based in Silicon Valley, California. It was founded in 2002 and it is available in more than two hundred countries around the world. LinkedIn is available in twenty languages to include English, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Malay, Indonesia, Korean, Tagalog and many more.

LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals. The features include:

  • It can be used to look for a job: LinkedIn can be used to look for a potential job. You can use the site to search for business opportunities especially those that are recommended by someone in your network.
  • Employers can look for potential candidates: If you are looking for employees, LinkedIn can be maximized. The site will help you search for potential candidates. Employers can of course post job listings.

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  • Members can post pictures: Members need to show that their account is not bogus. In line with this, LinkedIn allows members to post pictures of members in aid of identification.
  • Members can follow companies: Members can now follow the companies and get updates or notifications.
  • Members can bookmark jobs: Members can save or bookmark the jobs they want to apply in the future.
  • Members can see who visited their page: Members can know who visited their page. This is to give them idea who viewed their page and the profile of the employer or company.

Singaporeans can also benefit from LinkedIn. If you are interested, you can always sign up. You will know lots of Singaporeans at the same time you are extending your reach.

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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.