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Apr

New Healthcare Solutions

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

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

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

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

Apr

Avoiding Identity Theft

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

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

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

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

Mar

GivingTuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar

How to Avoid being a Victim of Cyberstalking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar

A Guide for Your Cycling Journey in Singapore

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

Cycling Guide

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

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

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Mar

Biking Plans? Visit These Biking Spots in Singapore

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

Bike Paths with Beach Scenery

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

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Connected Biking Trails

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

Olympic Bike Park

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

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

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Feb

Understanding Child Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb

The Benefits of a Good Laugh

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

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

1.       Boosts immune system

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

2.       Decreases stress

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

3.       Makes coping easier

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

4.       Improves blood flow and pressure

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

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

 

Jan

Possible Complications of Liposuction

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

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Here’s an idea:

Common Side Effects:

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

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Uncommon Side Effects

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

Dangerous Complications

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

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

 

Jan

Managing Your SME

There is a recent survey commissioned by IE (International Enterprise) Singapore showing 50% of SMEs are investing in China. IE and SCCCI (Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry) created an establishment in Shanghai which seeks to assist SMEs in exploring the Chinese market. This new venture will surely ease constraints on FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and slacken trade and services.

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If you are thinking about venturing in China, you should know how to manage your SME. There are many competitions but you can be successful if you are really serious. You can consider the following things to ensure success:

  • Know your target. The first thing that you need to do is find your niche. This requires market study or research but when you identify that specific niche, you will surely grow.
  • Build your team. It is important that you build your team Do not just employ a person for the sake of filing a position. Build a team that can help you put together your business.
  • Be fast. If there are deliveries, always be fast. Lateness will reflect badly on your company. Respond to emails as soon as you can and return calls right away.
  • Be appreciative. Saying thank you is a powerful one. You should tell your customers and employees thank you all the time. It will show how much you value them.
  • Smile. Smiling will give glow to your place. People buy or avail of your services not because of your product or services, they simply like you and your welcoming smile.
  • Be optimistic . At the end of the day, attitude really matters. You have to keep that optimism so you can endure all things. Optimism is contagious you know. It will radiate and infect all people around you.

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You should value your humble beginnings. Multinational companies start small. This means you have a chance to be bigger and better. Good luck on your endeavours!

Oct

Cloud-Based Technology Set to Improve SG Industry

In a partnership with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), the Government’s Infocom Development Authority (IDA) is set to adopt the cloud-computing technology to aid them to be more efficient in their business operations.

Together, the partners will develop a customized cloud-computing solutions as agreed and signed through A*Star’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). With this kind of capability, it is anticipated to incorporate cloud-based data analytics, social-media analysis and modeling systems. These kind of technology aims to tap on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) infrastructure.

The executive director of IHPC, Professor Alfred Huan, envisions that capital investment’s entry barrier will lower and that there will be a shorter idea-to-market implementation because what it can offer will enable businesses to evaluate data through the cloud-based data analytics, and will also help shorten the turnover period among companies that would utilize the social-media analysis and modeling systems. All these are to be of significant contribution to more convenient yet cost-effective tools compared to traditional systems in achieving the various needs of diverse companies in the country.

Cloud-based technology refers to applications, services or resources via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s server made available to users on demand. It increases storage capacity, enhances functionality or adds additional services on demand without having to commit to potentially costly communications or transportations, which has previously been a major barrier to development.

Oct

New Restaurants to Try in Singapore

There is nothing wrong if you are a foodie. There are many cuisines and dishes here in Singapore worth the taste. There are old restaurants that stood the test of time. But now, let us give chance to new and blossoming restaurants. If you want to discover what is new and you want to taste what they have to offer, you should begin with:

  1. SKIRT Grill. If you want Wagyu steak, SKIRT grill can give it to you. The steakhouse is famous for their simple yet very tasty steaks.
  2. Sur Nuevo Latino. If you are into South American cuisines, you should go here. You should try their sandwiches.
  3. Spathe Public House. For casual days, you can go to Spathe Public House. The place is famous for its big potions at a reasonable price.
  4. The Pelican. The Pelican is a seafood restaurant. They will indulge you with their seafood platter with lobsters, clams, oysters, prawns, etc. The good thing about this restaurant is its affordability.
  5. The Halia. This restaurant is located in Raffles Hotel. The original outlet is at the Botanic Gardens.  The restaurant is proud of its “big and small” plates. You must try their oriental duck.

Indulging to restaurants sometimes is not a sin. When you feel like hungry and you want to try something new, just do it. Trying and tasting new is an  adventure worth taking. If you want, you can include your friends and family. Whether it is expensive or not, the food and the company counts so do not think about the price. You do not eat at fancy restaurants all the time anyway. Just give yourself a chance and experience it.

Jul

The Life of a Law Student

If you are inclined to law and upholding it, you should pursue your studies. Law school is challenging and difficult but if you survive it, great rewards await. You should learn how to cope up to its demands. If you cannot cope up, you will surely be left behind. If you do your best, you will thrive. There are no secrets in surviving law school. You only need few practices. What you should practice when you are in law school:

Maintain a positive mind

When you enter law school, you should be emotionally and mentally ready. Maintaining a positive mind will guide you to success. If at the onset you are doubtful, you will surely fail.

Set a study habit

Law school is very demanding in terms of studying and reading. You should set a study habit so it will be easier for you. You can study in the morning or in the afternoon.

Eat

You should know that if you eat right, your brain would function well. If you want, you can also take supplements. Vegetables and fruits should be considered.

Exercise

If your body is ready, you will last long. Other people forget that exercise strengthens and conditions the body. If you have a healthy or fit body, you will survive without getting sick.

Practice what you learned

As a law student, it is important that you uphold the law. You should practice whatever you learned inside the classroom.

Law students in NUS (National University of Singapore) wants to avail of the dual programme. This programme will train graduates in NYU (New York University). NUS graduates are then  given the chance to take the high esteemed New York Bar exams but lately, due to some changes of US policies, the dual programme is not possible. It is regretful but the decision to terminate the programme has to be respected.

Jul

Study Grants in NUS

Good news for students out there. The EDB (Economic Development Board) gave S$5,300,000 grants to the NUS (National University of Singapore). This action was due to the discontinued law programme of NUS and NYU (New York University). There is this program that allows law students of NUS to study in NYU. Singaporean law students will then be cross trained with opportunities to take the prestigious New York bar exams.

But because of the changes of US policies, Singaporean law students will not be permitted to take New York bar exams beyond the year 2014. Studying law is very hard and challenging. There are others that survive while there are others that concede. When you enter law school, it is important that you survive and thrive. You can consider the following tips:

  • Establish a study habit. It is very important that you spend most of your time studying. There are many readings and articles that you should read and memorize. It is better if you establish a study habit or routine.
  • Eat the right food. Eating the right food and taking the right supplement can make a big difference at the end of the day. Foods and supplements can Sharpen your brain. Your brain can take all and absorb it if you eat right.
  • Exercise regularly. Other do not consider this important but exercising can increase endurance. When you exercise, you will not get sick always.
  • Uphold the law. It is imperative that you practice what you preach. You should embody the ideals and principles of a just person.
  • Maintain a positive outlook. A positive outlook will guide you to success. If you have a positive outlook, you will surely survive law school.

If you are determined, you will surely become a lawyer soon.

Jul

Support Local Dance Troupes

The support of the government is not enough if the community is unappreciative and uncooperative. It is important to support local talents regardless of the field. In this case, why not consider going to dance theatres or performances? You will surely enjoy the performances or acts. You can go to:

Singapore Dance Theatre

Singapore Dance Theatre is the nation’s official dance company. It lies in Fort Canning Centre. The company performed series of shows like the Ballet Under the Stars, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Giselle and many more. The company is comprised of 24 dancers performing at the Fort Canning Park and the Esplanade Theatre.

Line Dance

Line dancing is relatively new in Singapore but it gained popularity for a short period of time. Imagine a group of people organized in straight lines grooving to the music. The direction and the execution should be the same. The dance is for the young and young at heart. Participants sweat at the end of the number therefore it is an ideal workout session. The annual Chingay Festival showcases line dancing. You can join the fun.

Odyssey Dance Theatre

ODT (Odyssey Dance Theatre) is considered the leader when it comes to modern dance. Its aim is simple-to inspire and motivate young talents to follow their creative dreams. The ODT performed at major cultural sites like Marina Barrage, Victoria Theatre, Esplanade Concert Hall and the National museum. Aside from dancing, ODT offers community programme (the Arts4Youths) to teach Singapore’s youth about the different aspects of performance arts.

If you want more, you can have it. You should consider the world class performances of Sri Warisan, Bhaskar’s and Dance Ensemble. Aside from that, you can also witness folk dances (of Indians, Malays and Chinese). You will be entertained.