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Archive for March, 2014

23
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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20
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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14
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.

Reward

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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11
Mar

Biking Plans? Visit These Biking Spots in Singapore

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

Bike Paths with Beach Scenery

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

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Connected Biking Trails

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

Olympic Bike Park

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

IMBA Passer

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

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