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Archive for October, 2015

25
Oct

Exotic Foods – and Why It Might Not be a Good Idea to Try Them

 

We cannot choose what other Singaporeans will eat but we only hope that whatever they eat is safe. However, there are few Singaporeans who want to eat what others do not even dream of touching. Exotic foods are present here and it is a matter of boldness to try it.

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Here are some exotic foods and its dangers:

  • Echizen kurage: Echizen kurage is a Japanese dish. Some people want to eat a raw jellyfish. It is possible but we have to remove the toxic parts first.
  • Fesikh: Fesikh is an Egyptian dish. Though it is just a fermented fish, some died from poisoning.
  • Pangium edule: Pangium edule is a Southeast Asian fruit. This kind of fruit is especially poisonous because it contains hydrogen cyanide. Proper preparations are needed if one wants to eat it.

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  • Cassava: Cassava is a common root crop in South America. To some, it looks harmless but many people were poisoned by it. It should be steamed, boiled or baked not to be eaten raw because it can contains linamarin which can become cyanide when eaten raw.
  • Absinthe: Absinthe is famous in Europe. It should be in the form of liquid. If directly eaten, it can be addictive and it can cause hallucinations.
  • Monkey brains: Who in their right mind will eat monkey brains? Well, there are some. We have to know that monkey brains are dangerous. It can carry illness called Jakob disease.

Hopefully our fancy of something dangerous will be sated before it is too late for us. We have to be safe always and not try to trick death.

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21
Oct

Tips for Mitigating Hangovers

 

Drinking is normal here in Singapore especially after a day’s work. There is nothing wrong if we drink and laugh with our friends or colleagues but the aftermath will be uncomfortable that we do not want to drink again. Despite the discomfort, we still drink anyway.

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For those who do not want to miss the drinking for the world, there are useful hangover tips that we have to consider. Hangover is inevitable but we can lessen its effects through the following:

  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach: We know that we will drink and that is our advantage. When we know drinking is looming, we have to make sure that we eat enough. Others believe that greasy foods help prevent bad hangovers.
  • Avoid mixing drinks: Alcohols are toxins and we have to give it time to process it. If we mix beer with hard liquor, we are just hastening the absorption.

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  • Drink water in between shots: Hangover is the body’s way of telling us that it needs more water. It would be useful if we drink water in between shots of liquor or beer.

 

  • Choose lighter drinks: We have to remember that darker alcohol is high in congeners. Congeners are a by-product of fermentation and are believed to be the main reason for hangover. The best and wise thing to do is to choose light colored drinks.

The things mentioned above can lessen if not avoid that dreaded hangover. We just need to follow it and not ignore it. The important thing here is we hydrate ourselves in order to hasten our recovery.

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14
Oct

Making the Most of Your Short Weekend Vacation

 

Getting away from your busy life every once in a while is a necessity. However, when you take shorter vacations, it’s more difficult to find ways to truly relax and unwind within very compressed period of time. To reward yourself with well-deserved weekend holiday, we want to share to you a few of our favourite techniques for making the most of your next weekend vacation.

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  1. Start your vacation as soon as you leave the office.

Finish your duties before you leave your desk and make the night before your tip the ‘official start’ of your holiday. Set your mood into vacation mode by making your family a nice dinner. Avoid making work-related calls and checking your emails. Just relax and be in the moment.

  1. Make sure to do ample research.

Even with unplanned getaway, you can do a bit of planning ahead of time—ask for recommendations from friends and officemates, search the Internet for exotic sights and hidden restaurant gems. Be a traveller, not a tourist.

  1. Keep small bags readily packed at all times.

Whether or not you’re having an upcoming trip, having your travel essentials readily packed at all times and set aside in a corner takes much of the stress out of taking trips. When you have your things already prepared, it encourages you to get up and go—since you know you can be ready quickly.

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  1. Look for new things to try and experience.

Look for new activities and experiences you can do during your vacation—be it be a new exotic food or an adrenaline-rushing activity to try. Making this practice a habit will give you something to look forward to and make it easier for you to get into vacation mode before you leave for the trip.

  1. Limit yourself from doing work-related activities.

Since completely unplugging is impossible for most of us, compromise by allocating an hour a day to check and respond to emails, text messages, and phone calls. Find a convenient time for you (and your family) and stick to it.

A weekend getaway may be too short, but if you know how to maximize the limited time you have, it can be as rewarding as having a full-week holiday, too. You can still unwind, relax, and come back to your everyday life feeling inspired and refreshed after an amazing weekend.

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09
Oct

Avoid Overpaying for Your Hotel Accommodation with These Smart Tips

 

Are you planning for your next vacation? If so, making sure you’re getting the best deals for your accommodation is among the major factors when it comes to choosing a hotel to stay in. There are several things you can do to ensure you’re getting a good price without worrying about getting poor quality services and amenities. Here’s how to book your hotel accommodation smartly for a fraction of a price.

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  1. Know When’s the Right Time to Book

You can greatly benefit from knowing when the high and low seasons are. Obviously, expect to pay more if you head to the Caribbean islands during summer season. However, keep in mind that busy times can also vary from day to day. Schedule your trip on a weekend and you’ll likely pay double than what you’d pay on a weekday.

  1. Go Direct Booking

Many hoteliers believe that in order for the consumers to book directly through their official website, rather than through sites like Agoda and Expedia, they should offer good value for their accommodations, such as offering rewards points and/or discounted prices. Use aggregator sites to check out prices across different brands, but when booking a specific hotel, it’s worth checking the direct booking rate.

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  1. Check for Additional Fees

When checking out prices, don’t immediately believe the upfront price you see online—do your research. Always check for additional fees, and include them when comparing brands. Some of the additional and hidden fees that aren’t included in the display price are Internet fees, housekeeping fees, pet fees, safe fees, and cancellation fees. It’s common to see that the cheapest hotel ends up not being the best deal after all.

  1. Take Advantage of Last-Minute Offers

Contrary to early bookings, great bargains can also be found in last-minute bookings. Last-minute bookings have lower average rates as hoteliers aim to fill as many hotel rooms as possible.

These tips can help you save more than you think on great hotels. So instead of booking a hotel that’s farther away from your destination’s attractions, consider these tips to find nicer and more convenient accommodation that’s perfect for your budget.

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