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07
Jan

14 Best Video Games Featuring Aliens

Tired of shooting at zombies? Here are worthwhile games with aliens to fill up your time with out-of-this world adventures.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)

Considered a reboot of the X-COM series and UFO: Enemy Unknown game, the player must fight through hordes of alien invaders with the help of a paramilitary organization in a turn-based gameplay.

Doom (1993)

Considered one of the classic first-person shooter games of all time, Doom lets you fight through nine levels of a military base on Mars against demons by controlling a space marine. You can also play the 2016 remake of the game for modern graphics.

Metroid (1986)

The first installment of the series introduces Samus Aran who is tasked of finding the Metroid creatures that were previously stolen. Samus is on the planet Zebes to look for the Space Pirates.

Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992)

If you have played the previous two installments, this title features a full-scale invasion of the same aliens that were supposedly defeated.

Oddworld (1997)

The title is derived from the planet on which the game is set. The planet is known to possess the opposite qualities of Earth given that it is from another dimension. The goal of the player is to defend its inhabitants from industrial corporations that are corrupting the planet.

Prey (2006)

Do you like stories of alien abduction? This game introduces one of the victims who was abducted by aliens. Tommy has found an ally aboard the alien ship and learns that there are inhabitants who are moving against the starship. There is also another game of the same title which is unrelated to this game, but also features aliens.

Dead Space (2008)

Players control Isaac Clarke in a mission to investigate a starship. Isaac learns that its crew was attacked by monsters and that they too will soon need rescuing.

Alien: Isolation (2014)

If you enjoyed the movie Alien, then you have to play this game which is set 15 years after the events of the movie.

Half-Life (1998)

Dr. Gordon Freeman was part of a team at a research facility who witnessed an opening to another dimension. The rift causes hostile creatures to cross into our world and prompts the government to issue a coverup that would also mean killing all the survivors.

Resistance: Fall of Man (2006)

In alternate history of 1951, an alien invasion rocks the world. These creatures increase their forces by infecting humans to force them to evolve into grotesque insect-like soldiers.

Quake II (1997)

The player is introduced to a marine named Bitterman who is part of a resistance force against an alien invasion. The plan is to attack the home planet of the aliens to prevent that invasion.

StarCraft (1998)

A three-way war between star-faring species in the Milky Way is the theme of the game. The humans or Terrans must firght for territory and control against the Protoss and the Zerg in this real-time strategy game.

Perfect Dark (2000)

This first-person shooter is set in 2023 at the height of an interstellar war between to alien races. The humans have somehow found a way to bring politics into play by favoring one faction over the other.

Mass Effect (2007)

Commander Shepard is sent to recover an ancient artifact in a human colony when they receive a warning of an attack. Finding out the mystery of the attackers and their connection to the artifact unlocks another mystery that involves a cycle of destruction and the existence of a mythical race.

07
Jan

What You Need to Know About Double Eyelid Surgery

In recent years, there is a trend in East and Southeast Asia. No longer are people crazy about nose jobs and breast augmentation, but it seems interest has shifted to having double eyelids. It is so popular in the region that double eyelid surgery is the most common aesthetic procedure in Singapore in 2018.

What is double eyelid surgery, and do you need it?

Why it is Done

Double eyelid surgery is usually recommended to people with droopy upper eyelids, baggy eyelids, and those who have excess skin on the upper and/or lower eyelids and baggy eyes. Moreover, it can also improve peripheral vision especially if the skin around the eyes is sagging. However, the recent trend is mostly for cosmetic purposes. People with no folds on the upper eyelids feel that having double eyelids is more attractive because they make the eyes appear younger.

Risks of Double Eyelid Surgery

Any surgical procedure, even double eyelid surgery entails risks. If not done properly or if done by an inexperienced beautician, double eyelid surgery can result in infection, irritated or dry eyes, bleeding, scarring, eye muscle injury, blurred vision, negative reactions to anesthesia, skin discoloration and difficulty closing the eyes.

There are even cases that resulted in loss of vision. Which is why blepharoplasty should only be done by a plastic surgeon or an ophthalmologist, not a beautician. There are also some guidelines that you need to follow prior to the scheduled operation especially if you are taking medications.

Blepharoplasty Options

Currently, there are three approved methods for double eyelid surgery. Which technique suits you will depend on your anatomy, the effect you want to achieve, quality of your skin, and the fat tissue volume on the upper eyelids.

  • Buried suture and beads. Scarring is minimal with these methods even if the skin of the patient is not ideal, plus they do not need an incision. However, these are not recommended for people with a lot of fat tissue on the eyelids.
  • Incision. This method is recommended for those who want the eyelashes to angle upwards and to have wider double eyelids. However, it can sometimes leave visible scars on the eyelids, so it is important to determine if the person has skin conditions that can result in ugly scarring.

Non-Surgical Options

If you are hesitant about undergoing plastic surgery, there are non-surgical options that you can try. All you need are tools to make your eyes appear livelier and rounder. The most common materials used are eyelid glues and tapes.

These are temporary and can be removed when you need to wash off your makeup. There are some risks involved but as long as you don’t have allergic reactions to the materials and you use the glue properly, the eyelid tapes are safe and convenient.

27
Nov

Helpful Ways for You to Start Your Day Positively

When you wake up in the morning feeling cranky, chances are, you’ll feel annoyed for the rest of the day as well. Most of us don’t notice it but how we feel after waking up will usually dictate how we go about throughout the day. That being said, it’s always good if we start the morning positively! So, here are some things you could do.

Wake up early

Waking up early is arguably the best things you can do to start the day right. This is because when you wake up, you can do a lot of things before your busy day even gets started. You can have a cup of warm coffee, meditate, write your goals for the day, and etc. Another thing that causes stress in the morning is the rush hour. If you wake up and leave early, you save yourself the trouble of traveling with a big crowd.

Make the bed

Waking up in the morning, a lot of people don’t actually make their beds. Though it is pretty understandable, there’s one valuable lesson you pick up when you make your bed. It’s that the little things matter. Making your bed is a small accomplishment that can snowball throughout your day. Because you’ve done your first task for the day, it may encourage you to do your other tasks as well.

Take a cold bath

Not many people like to take a bath with cold water in the morning. But taking cold baths every once in a while can be refreshing. One problem we face today is that our lives get too repetitive. If you want to shake things up a bit and surprise your body, try to do this. Taking a cold bath will also make you more alert throughout the day. Just try it and see!

Listen to music

Listening to music that you like will also definitely get your mood up in the morning. Dancing and singing simply is a great way to start the day because it highlights that you can just have fun even in the mornings. What more, you can do it in the shower or while doing chores like cooking for breakfast.

Don’t miss the first meal of the day

Speaking of breakfast, it’s a meal that you should definitely not miss. Breakfast is not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. Having breakfast can help you avoid eating junk food throughout the day. Of course, this means you’ll be healthier! That being said, you’ll also have to keep your breakfast healthy.

Be positive and grateful

For one, you can pray and be thankful for another day of living. Simply doing this can put you in a better mood for the day. This shows that you’re happy about your life even when there are many challenges to face.

27
Nov

Different Ways You Can Boost Your Mental Focus

Some people have the ability to focus every time they need to. But there are also many others who simply have difficulty keeping their attention as well. If you’re one of those persons, don’t worry too much! There are a lot of ways you can improve your mental focus again.

Keep training yourself to improve your focus

Firstly, you have to recognize that building mental focus cannot be done in one day. You have to train and disciple yourself to improve your ability to focus. You may find that one day you can stay concentrated on your tasks but on the next day you easily get distracted. This is why it is important to dedicate time to improve your focusing skills.

Assess and eliminate distractions

It’s already obvious that having a lot of distractions can affect our focus. But sometimes there are things that are distracting but we don’t even notice them. That’s why it is important to assess yourself first. Take your time to think about everything that might be a distraction to you. These can be common distractions like social media or a noisy co-worker, or maybe a more subtle and unnoticeable distraction, like a boyfriend who keeps texting. If you do identify the things that distract, try to come up with ways in which you can avoid them.

Practice being mindful

Mindfulness is a practice that has become more and more popular over the years, and for good reason. Practicing mindfulness has many benefits and one of those is that it helps you stay on a task for longer periods. You become less distracted and your thoughts will almost always stay organized once you start being mindful. There are a lot of ways you can do this as well. You can walk around a park somewhere in Singapore or maybe just meditate at your home!

Focus on one task at a time

If you want to improve your mental focus, it would be in your best interest to focus on one task at a time. Multitasking or juggling between two or more tasks will only harm your focus and significantly cut your overall productivity. Usually, the overload of information will only exhaust your brain, so you’ll end up getting tired without even getting things done yet. That’s why it is important to give your full attention to one task first.

Take short breaks

Lastly, it is important to know that you also need to take breaks. If you can’t focus on the task no matter what you do, it’s just your brain telling you it’s exhausted. That means you’ll really have to take a break. It can be as simple as walking around for 5 minutes or maybe even taking a short nap! Just remember to take short breaks from time to time to let your brain rest and replenish even just for a while.

24
Sep

How to Keep Your Room Allergy-Proof in 5 Steps

How to Keep Your Room Allergy-Proof in 5 Steps

Getting the sniffles isn’t a lot to worry about, but when you struggle with nasal stuffiness and are sneezing every time you get to your room, there’s a good chance that it’s full of dust and other allergens, and these can make it difficult for you to relax and even sleep.

To keep your room allergy-proof, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

Control your humidity

Singapore can be pretty humid, and humidity is one of the biggest factors that can trigger or worsen allergic reactions. This is where having a humidifier is definitely worth the investment. With a humidifier, you can control and adjust the humidity in your room and keep it comfortable enough for your nasal passages. Being able to filter your air also helps remove any particulates in the air that could trigger allergic reactions. Be sure to change these said filters every three months in order to prevent any trapped particlces from getting back in.

Protect your bedding

Your bedding can be an excellent breeding place for mites, ticks, and fleas, and these bugs can travel from foam to foam if you’re not careful about whatever gets onto your mattress. To keep these and other allergens from your bedding, be sure to cover your mattress and pillows with a zippered allergen-proof cover.

Vacuum and de-clutter

Vacuuming or sweeping for dust once a week is the most important part in keeping a room allergy-free. Ideally, you want to start every vacuuming session with the highest shelves and working your way down tight nooks and crevices. You should also keep your room as clutter-free as possible in order to prevent dust particles from settling into small, tight corners, as can be the case with books.

Keep pets away

Pet fur contains traces of saliva, urine, and even dead skin or flakes that can become airborne and trigger allergic reactions, which can be made worse by the warm temperature and humid tropical climate in the country. If you want to keep pets, be sure to keep their fur trimmed and combed, and don’t forget to bathe them regularly.

Reduce mold and mildew

Mold and mildew can thrive in damp areas like the bathroom and around leaky pipes, and aside from sending spores out into the air and triggering allergic reactions, they can also damage areas of your home. Leaky pipes and tiny cracks and crevices can even attract pests like roaches, which can leave droppings that trigger asthma for both children and adults.

To prevent both, you need to make sure that not only are there no leaks in your pipes and faucets, but also that all tiny cracks are sealed and all garbage is properly disposed of.

24
Sep

5 Interior Design Mistakes You Should Never Make Again

Design is something that’s highly personal, while there is no one set of rules that you need to follow to make your own HDB flat or condo unit in Singapore look good, there are many ways and things you can do to get that design aesthetic wrong. Here are a few interior design mistakes you need to stay away from as much as possible:

Not testing the color

It’s critical to test out the different variations of a particular paint color in any room or area before fully applying it. This is because you’re not just looking at the color of the paint when choosing one for your interior: you’re also looking at how well it works with the light, how well it works with the walls’ size and texture, and how well it coordinates with the rest of your furniture.

Styling around your TV

If there is one thing you should base your living room’s style around, it’s not your TV – there are better focal points that you can use that will give a much better effect. A better way to do this would be to design the entire area of your living room first, and only then adding the TV. This will make your sitting space look and feel a lot better to be in.

Not adding houseplants

A little green never hurt any interiors – in fact, adding a few houseplants here and there can bring a lot more joy and calm in the atmosphere than you think, and when given sunlight, watered, and taken care of properly, it can keep giving that for a very long time.

Repeating the same fabric or pattern

Patterns are great only when they’re limited to a small number of pieces, such as your curtains or your sofa pillows. Using matching fabrics or patterns for all parts of a room is tacky, and rarely used even by professional designers. Instead, keep things more varied and interesting by adding complementary colors and varying patterns, especially when it comes to window treatments, sofas, and chairs.

Pushing up all furniture against the walls

Pushing furniture against the walls isn’t always the same thing as maximizing space. While it might be better to push heavy things like bookshelves against the wall, doing so for all your appliances can actually make your spaces feel smaller. One alternative to this is to instead do the opposite: arrange furniture away from the walls in a strategic way. In the case of upholstery and tables, like chairs and sofas, it’s much better to group them in the center of the space to allow for cozier conversations.

19
Aug

Basic Items for a Starter Sewing Kit

If you are new to sewing and you have no idea what to get for your first sewing kit, don’t worry, because we will cover all the basic tools you will need for your new hobby.

Scissors

Most experts in sewing will advise you to get three types of scissors to cover all the requirements for your future projects. First, you must find quality dressmaking shears in a hobby shop in Singapore. This type of scissors should be able to cut through any type of fabric, so that means you’re not supposed to use to cut other materials. Next, you will need small scissors with sharp points for threads, clip curves, and seam lines, because the first pair of scissors are too big for such tasks. Lastly, you will need utility scissors for cutting other items.

Measuring Tools

You will need a set of measuring tools such as a see-through 12-inch ruler or yardstick, a 6-inch metal sewing gauge, and a measuring tape that is at least 60 inches long. If you need to create bigger projects in the future, you might want to buy longer measuring tapes. The see-through rulers are useful for creating patterns, while the sewing gauge is used to keep a consistent measurement while working on a piece. Rulers used for drafting and other crafts and arts can also be used for sewing, especially if you’re planning to try quilting.

Marking Tools

These are used to mark your measurements and patterns before cutting the fabrics, but the tool you will use will depend on the type of fabric that needs to be marked. Marking chalks and pens are used for less stable fabrics like wool and fleece, because the marks will disappear or dissolve. For cotton fabrics, you will need a tracing wheel and tracing paper. You might also want to stock up on painter’s tape, especially if you’re still learning how to sew straight lines, and hem tapes to hold the folded hems in place while you’re sewing.

Seam Ripper and Rotary Cutter

These are also cutting tools like the scissors, but have special functions such as ripping stitches and cutting fabrics. Some sewing machines include a seam ripper, but in case you don’t have one yet, find a piece that has a comfortable grip and sharp tips. The rotary cutter is used for cutting through curves, long fabrics, and making sure that the fabric edges are cut straight. You will need a cutting mat to use the rotary cutter to protect your furniture from scratches.

Iron, Pressing Cloths, and Hams and Rolls

Most newbies forget basic pressing items, but these items help create clean edges. Get a steam iron, ironing board, pressing ham for hard-to-reach areas, and pressing cloths to protect fabrics from direct heat.

Finally, you will need an assortment of safety pins, needles, threads, buttons, patches, zippers, snaps, and a pin cushion, magnetic pin holder, thimble, and a container to hold all the sewing tools.