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Archive for October, 2014

31
Oct

Everything You Need to Know about Atopic Dermatitis

Not all people here in Singapore know they have a skin problem called atopic dermatitis or commonly called eczema. It is a skin condition that begins during infancy and pursues through childhood. There are many who outgrew this condition but there are others who continue to have this through adulthood. You have to know that there are many types of eczema.

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Types of eczema include contact eczema, allergic contact eczema, dyshidriotic eczema, seborrheic eczema, nummular eczema, statis dermatitis and neurodermatitis. If you want to know about these conditions, you should consult your dermatologists or just look for references. Moving on, atopic dermatitis affects people who live in dry climates and cities. It is no wonder why some Singaporeans suffer such. Atopic dermatitis both affects men and women.

You wonder what really causes eczema. There are many possible causes but for a start, experts say that it is the combination of environmental and hereditary factors. When you speak of environmental factors, it include irritants (like soaps, shampoos, detergents, vegetable and meats), allergens (like pollens, dust mites, mould and dandruff) and foods (like soy products, dairy products, wheat, eggs and nuts).

People who have this condition will experience periods where their symptoms worsen or flare up but there will come a time when their symptoms will improve. Symptoms that will manifest if you have this condition include rashes that become bumpy, rashes that darken and rashes that will appear in elbows, neck and knees. The appearance of the affected skin will vary depending on how much it is scratched.

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You have to keep in mind that scratching and rubbing the affected area will lead to irritation and infections. In fact, it will increase the inflammation thereby making the itch worse. If you think you have this condition, you should consult your dermatologists right away. Doctors will agree that there is no single test that can diagnose eczema. The doctor will need to see you multiple times before they make the right diagnosis.

There are many specialists here in Singapore that you can go to. Do not worry about it. The next thing that you should consider is the treatment and prevention of eczema. Truthfully, there is no overall cure for the condition. Doctors only aim to heal the affected skin and prevent flaring up. The treatment will focus on alleviating the symptoms.

Here are some things that you can do: take regular warm baths, moisturize skin every day, wear soft fabrics, use mild soaps, learn what triggers your condition and avoid them, use humidifier and many more. Doctors will prescribe topical creams and ointments.

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30
Oct

Once-Popular Desserts in Singapore

Your dining experience will never be complete without desserts. Singaporeans love desserts. Desserts offer lots of possibilities because every day, there is something new to try. Whenever there is a new Western restaurant, you head there and try their desserts but what about local desserts?

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Unfortunately, local desserts here belong to the “once-popular” category. This means that not all Singaporeans are agog about it and it will be lost soon. This article will attempt to re-introduce local desserts that were once enjoyed by your parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

Here are some:

  • Traffic light cakes: It is made of soft butter cakes that are garnished with fruity essence like cherry, kiwi and lemon. If you want to try traffic light cakes, you can head to Beach Road and seek the confectionery. These cakes are hard to find.
  • Bludder tarpeh: This is an Indo-Dutch dessert. This was once known for its tasty fermented tapioca. This is in danger because fermented cassava is hard to find here in Singapore. If you want to try bludder tarpeh, you can go to East Coast Road.

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  • Cherries Jubilee: You will be entertained before you consume the dessert. There’s a restaurant that will flame your dessert first right in front of your eyes. The dessert presents plump and cherries which are bathed in syrup with vanilla ice cream. If you want to try cherries jubilee, you should head to River Valley Road.
  • Lamington cakes: Lamington is a burst of fruity flavour encased in coconut coating. If you want to try the lamington cakes, you can go to Kandahar Street and look for the famous café.

It is not too late to re-discover it.  You can still enjoy it because though they are struggling to be known, they are still available, for now.

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27
Oct

Protect Your Phone from Blowing Up

What are the chances that your phone will blow up? There is a remote chance. It is crucial that you know the things that can contribute to its blowing up and how you can prevent it. Your phone blowing up is unusual but it pays to be prepared.

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Here are some things that you can do to prevent your phone from blowing up:

  • Do not purchase low-quality bats: You can find many low-quality bats here in Singapore but it will not do you good. Low grade batteries is a bad idea because of quality and care issues. Low-quality bats do not follow the necessary standard. That should alarm you.
  • Look for a place with ventilation during charger: When you are charging, look for a place that is well-ventilated. It is not a good idea to cover your phone with your pillow. The safest thing to do is keep it away from fabrics and other electronics should it overheat.

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  • Have it checked by professionals: If your phone fell to the water, do not attempt to save it. Even if you salvaged it, corrosion and short circuit are likely to happen. You have to look for professionals and have it checked. There are many professionals/technicians here in Singapore. Do not worry.
  • Do not use it while charging: The most basic thing that you should do is not use your phone when you are charging it. Charging and using it at the same time can lead to overheating. You wouldn’t want that.

You really cannot be sure of the phone you are using. Just be cautious so you will not end up blowing your ear or hands.

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23
Oct

Too Much Information is a Lie

Most of the time, a person immediately defends himself when he is lying. Sometimes, he would state all unnecessary information that will make him more suspected. One of the most important signs that a person is lying is by listening at his statement.

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Giving too many information indicates falseness. This is very common to all. Most of the time, it happens when you want to cover yourself to a deed that you have done. It is not a mistake if you give details to a person. You can even give him all the details that he wants to know as long as you don’t act as if you are too defensive.

It’s like answering a question that can be answerable by Yes or No. For example, “Have you dated last weekend?” You can simply say yes or no to that question.

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Now, if your answer is like this: “Last weekend Rey and I go at gun shop and then go fishing. After that, we go to some massage center and eat at a famous restaurant in Jason St. At six o’clock we waited for Rey’s mother near the bridge at Cannington St. and after few hours of waiting, her mother doesn’t show up so we went home.”

There is something wrong with the person when he answer just like that. It’s something that can be simply determined. Answering like this is an indication that you are defending yourself when in the first place, you are only asked a very simple question and there is no need to elaborate.

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20
Oct

The Truth is Hidden in a Lie

Sometimes, a person looks like lying but is stating the truth. How will you determine it? Simply tie all the information you have gathered from different sources and when you are done, you can determine who is saying the truth. The secret to know if a person is lying, is to also know what lie is.

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A Sign of Anxiety

Eye contact is a very important factor when you are stating the truth. Like for example, when you are called by your teacher for an oral recitation. You do not know the answer. Basically, you will bow down your head and you cannot look straightforward to your teacher while answering. This indicates that you are dishonest.

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Knowing Who’s Saying the Truth

Most of the time, confident students who know the answer do not mind if they have an eye contact or not as long as they answer fluently and it is correct. You will notice that a person who is telling the truth is calm and fluently giving you all the information that you want. However, when a person is lying there is a sign that his eyes will not directed to you.

Truths and Half-Truths

Yes, he is speaking every detail of an incident but he is only telling a half-baked truth because he does not do eye contact with you. Aside from eye contact, many people sweat more when they are lying and sometimes they are so bothered that they cannot work properly. If these happen to a person and it is not its usual attitude, he is giving a sign that he is deceiving.

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16
Oct

Some Futuristic Ideas That Can Help Rebuild the Planet

There is no such thing as the impossible with the world that we have today. A lot of things can evolve but some things need to remain the same. As for the maintenance of what is natural, one just cannot forget that the root bears it all. Losing the environment would mean losing everything in this planet. That is why, the advancement of the technology doesn’t only address to making the things in life easier, it should also be dedicated to saving life.

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There’s no perfect time as now. Here are some of the ideas that can actually alter the waste land futuristic idea that everybody seems to have:

1. Wind Power: At present, this has to be the cheapest and the most widespread renewable technology.

2. Solar Power: This idea has been known since the 1970’s but it is only just now that such mediums were created to put this to good use in the world. This technology has become available worldwide and is now actually affordable.

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3. Grid Storage: It is more on the idea that the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow too strong to meet the electricity demand. What comes off as an appealing idea now has to store these energies in such a location that would render the solar and wind power energy as something that can be used as a medium to collect energy but can be turned off over time.

These are all just ideas – ideas that can be done in the future.

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13
Oct

Finding the Best Orthodontic Care

Your smile is one of your most precious assets; therefore, a full dental service is necessary to keep your teeth looking good and healthy. A flawless set of teeth is absolutely an integral part of your overall health and wellness.

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However, if you have an improper bite and or other teeth problems, you just do not see an ordinary dentist but a professional orthodontist. So, if you are thinking of going through an orthodontic treatment of any kind, make sure that you do it right. People do not visit an orthodontist very often in their lives, but certain problematic people may need to at some point in their lives. It could be you or your child. Who knows!

It is both the duty and responsibility of a parent to ensure that your child’s teeth are growing the way they should be. If the problem is crooked teeth, he may need quality cheap invisible braces to help correct it. With the many choices, shapes and sizes, treatment is endless.

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Although choosing an expert can be difficult because you have to consider certain factors, you will never go wrong with your choice of an expert from Singapore. Cost of the treatment, location of the facility, convenience of appointment time is just a few of the many factors when picking the right practitioner.

There are those who offer affordable prices, with a clinic conveniently located, and the practitioner appears kind and knowledgeable. However, be mindful of the quality of treatment because if not, then you better leave and look for someone else that’s board certified.

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10
Oct

The Health Benefits of Lemons

You ignore lemons because of its tang but you need to know that it contains lots of health benefits. Lemons are simple looking but the power resides within. If you want to know about the health benefits of lemons, you should read further. Here are some health benefits worth mentioning:

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  • Lemons contain lots of nourishing elements: The first thing that you should know is that lemons contain lots of nourishing components like vitamin B, vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein and phosphorus.
  • It helps in indigestion and constipation: Believe it or not lemons can help indigestion and constipation-related problems. You only need to add few drops of lemon on your favourite dish and it will do the trick.

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  • It helps nourish the skin: Lemons can act as a natural antiseptic. It can cure skin-related problems. For example, it can alleviate pain from sun burn. It does not end there because it can also help get rid of acne.
  • It helps nurture the hair: Lemons prove to be useful when it comes to hair and scalp treatment. Lemons can help when you have dandruff. It can also be used to treat hair loss and other hair-related problems. You only need to apply lemon juice directly.

Actually, the list goes on. Now you know the health benefits of lemon. You will not ignore it and make good use of it. If you want your kids to benefit from lemons, you can make lemonade by mixing water and lemon juice. You can also add honey.

Lemons are famous cleaning agent. It will effectively remove stains and the scent can repel mosquitoes. If you just give lemons a chance, they will make your lives better.

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07
Oct

Orchids in Singapore

More than tall buildings and the modern civilization, Singapore’s charm and appeal can be attributed to its flowers. There are many flowers here but the Vanda Miss Joaquim will always command attention because of its beauty and vibrancy. Vanda Miss Joaquim is an orchid hybrid and it is considered as Singapore’s national flower.

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In case you do not know, Singapore has many interesting species of orchids. In fact, there is a new hybrid named after United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The orchid is named Dendrobium UNESCO.

If you are interested in native orchids, here are some that you can consider:

  • Den crumenatum – This orchid is often referred as a pigeon orchid. This orchid is a common sight here. Nine days after heavy rainstorm, you will see the blossoming of this flower.
  • Dendrobium leonis – This orchid is small. Its bloom is about 1.5 cm but it is famous because of its sweet scent. You can smell its scent from a distance of 5m.
  • Dendrobium secundum – This orchid is extinct. Its characteristic is the leafless steam which presents many flower inflorescences.

 

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  • Bulbophyllum vaginatum – This orchid is often seen covering the branches of Rain Trees. If it is in full bloom, they present a spectacular sight.
  • Bulbophyllum membranaceum – This orchid is one of the smallest native orchids here.
  • Eria javanica: This orchid is a pleasant sight to marvel because of its blooming in large bundles. It also releases light fragrance.
  • Arundina gramminifolia – If you pass Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, you will see beautiful orchids. They are arundina gramminifolia.
  • Grammatophyllum speciosum – This orchid is also called Tiger Orchid. It is also touted as the world’s largest orchid plant because of its weight.

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