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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.

19
Aug

An Overview of Custom Action Figures for Beginners

Collecting action figures is a fun, rewarding, and expensive hobby, but others want to go further by creating customized action figures using pre-made parts or by creating all the parts from scratch.

Here are some of the basic information about action figure customization that you might encounter when you try this hobby.

Customization Tools

You will need basic items such as cutting tools (razor blades and knives), paints and brushes, sanding tools (fine grit file and sandpaper), grinding or cutting tools, pliers, screwdrivers, clippers, and a sewing kit.

Joint Types and Assembly

If you’re planning to create figures using pre-made items, you should have a collection of fodder, or various action figure pieces such as legs, arms, feet, hands, bodies, heads, and accessories. There are hobby shops that sell these pieces that you can collect and connect to create a new figure. To understand how to connect these pieces, you should learn about the different types of joints such as the hinge (for bending parts), double hinge (a joint with two hinges), swivels (for twisting or turning parts), and ball-socket joint (has a ball that pops into a socket).

Painting and Brushes

Most artists prefer acrylic model style for figure customization, but don’t just pick the first acrylic paint you see in the hobby shops. Pick products that are designed for painting on custom figures so that they don’t chip and smudge easily. Get as many colors as you want, but stick to smaller jars so that they don’t dry up when not in use. Next, you need to buy an assortment of paint brushes. Any shape and size will do, as long as the bristles are made for acrylic.

Modifications and Effects

You can customize your figure’s joints, digits, neck and head, and add special effects and accessories, such as guns, hair, LED eyes, mounts, weapons and many more. For example, if you need to create weapons attached to the hand of the figure, assemble plastic pieces using a knife, glue, epoxy, and scissors to enhance the appearance.

Fabric Costumes

Some hobbyists prefer to use fabric to create costumes for their figures. For this task, you will need to learn how to sew. Gather the following materials for your sewing kit: dressmaking shears, measuring tools, steam iron, pins, needles, threads, buttons, zippers, and other sewing tools. First, you need to measure the body of the figure, then draw a pattern using the measurements. Next, cut the pattern and place it on the figure before using it as a guide to cut the fabric. Finally, sew the fabric then try it on the figure.

Repairing Customized Figures

Lastly, you should learn the tricks on how to fix damages on your figures. Some of the most common problems you might encounter are the following: broken screws and pegs, loose joints, bent parts, broken shoulders and hips, and problems with ball-joints.

03
Jul

How to Make Your Own Chicken Rice

So you’ve had a taste of one of Singapore’s iconic dishes and are now tempted to make your own? Here is a really simple guide on how to make your own Hainanese Chicken Rice!

In cooking chicken rice, there are 3 main components: the chicken, the rice, and the sauce.

Chicken

Before anything else, you’ll have to clean the chicken. You can use a little salt to exfoliate the chicken and clean out dead skin and excess gunk. Then, your rinse all that salt off and dry.

The next thing to do is to season the chicken and put in some stuffing. The typical stuffing for the chicken includes spring onions, a bundle of pandan leaves and some small slices of ginger. You insert all these into the cavity of the chicken and use toothpicks to close it off and prevent the stuffing from falling out.

Then you take a pot and fill it with water enough to immerse the whole chicken in it. Using high heat, bring the water to a boil. Some soak the chicken and leave it immersed until the water boils, but there is also another way to do this. Once the water is boiling, you dunk the chicken a few times before actually leaving it in the water. Then, you cover the pot and lower the heat to keep a simmer for about 10 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare a bowl of ice water. After the chicken is done cooking, immediately move it to the ice bath you prepared. This process keeps the skin tight and firm.

Once done, remove the stuffing, chop the chicken into pieces and arrange on the serving plate.

Rice

Depending on how many people are eating, you should be able to determine how many cups of rice you’re going to cook with. You will then wash the rice to get rid of any dust and excess starch. Drain out the water and wash again 2 more times. Then, fill the bowl with water and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

Once that’s done, heat cooking oil in a wok or a pot over medium high heat.  When it gets hot enough, it’s time to put in the ginger and garlic. Make sure you won’t burn them though, so add the drained rice and mix well.

After a minute, you should then add some of the broth you used to boil the chicken with. Use a 1:1 ratio for the broth to equal how many cups of rice you’ve put. Then, turn the heat to low and let it cook for 15 minutes.

Finally, remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 more minutes.

Sauce

Chilli sauce is quite easy to make, though you’ll need a blender. Wash and cut the stalks off of a chilli padi and big chilli. Peel ginger and garlic. Add everything to a blender and let it blend well. And you’re done!

03
Jul

Health Benefits of Durians

Even though in Singapore (and many other countries), the durian is banned in all types of public transport for its smell, it’s not dubbed the King of Fruits for nothing. Despite people having negative opinions about the smell and sometimes the look of the durian, it actually has a lot of health benefits.

Here are only some of them:

Can help fight Anemia

Anemia is basically a condition that arises when the body does not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a primary component in red blood cells and functions to bind oxygen to blood. Not having enough healthy red blood cells will mean that all the other cells of the body will not be supplied with oxygen. Folate, in this instance, is vital for the production of red blood cells. Durians contain a high amount of folic acid, so much that one serving already contains almost 20% of the required daily intake.

Improve cardiovascular health

Contrary to popular belief, durians will not increase cholesterol. In fact, durians contain 0 cholesterol! In addition, durian has fiber which can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. This means that it can help prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. It also contains potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure. This basically means that you’re keeping your heart healthy while also getting rid of any bad cholesterol before they can cause further damage.

Promotes healthy bones

Durians contain substantial amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and a lot more. All of which is known as essential minerals for the development of bones. They contribute to bone growth, strength, and durability. Despite calcium being the more abundant mineral in the bones, the potassium also helps to keep it in the bones so that it is not wasted or released onto the blood unnecessarily.

Possibly slows aging

The durian by nature has significant antioxidant properties all due to its mineral content. The antioxidants help relieve inflammations and can even help eliminate free radicals around the body. If you are “free” of free radicals, you might be able to slow down the development of wrinkles, hair loss, arthritis, and etc.

Is said to fight cancer

The antioxidants of the durian are also attributed to fighting cancer. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B complex, for example, helps reduce stress on the organs caused by free radicals and excess waste in the body. These free radicals basically cause tumor growths and inflammations that will eventually lead to the production of more cancer cells. With the durian’s abundance in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidant properties, these free radicals will be cleaned away easily.

Can aid digestion

Durians also contain a significant amount of dietary fiber which is important for a healthy digestive system. It can help ease bowel movement because it stimulates the production of healthy digestive acid that can aid in the whole process of digesting food. This basically helps against diarrhea, constipation, and problems with the intestines.

18
Jun

Your Checklist for Planning a Long-Term Travel

When thinking of travelling for a couple of months, it can get daunting trying to plan for it. Perhaps, you want to visit a few countries and some world-famous sights or just have a serious case of wanderlust. Either way, you’ll be able to save a lot of time and money if you spend ample time planning.

A Year Before

  1. Start Researching

This is one of the fun parts of planning for a trip. Read blogs, guidebooks and scour the internet for inspiration. While you don’t need to have a concrete plan yet, you should start making a must-do list.

  • Estimate Trip Cost

Based on the length of the trip and the activities you will be doing, come up with an estimate total cost. Consider the flight tickets, transportations, accommodations, food and tours.

  • Create a Budget and Plan How to Make Extra Income

Based on the estimated cost of your trip, create a daily budget on how much you should save. Cut out unnecessary expenditures and look for ways to make extra money, such as selling unused clothes, accessories and other knick knacks that are still in good condition.

Six to 12 Months Before

  • Start Necessary Immunizations

Visit your doctor during this time to discuss your plans and seek advice for immunizations. It’s important to do this early as some vaccines require multiple shots with days or weeks intervals.

  • Secure Your Passport

If you don’t have passport yet, now is the time to apply for one. If you already have, ensure that its validity will last for the entirety of the trip.

Three to Six Months Before

  • Book Your Flights

Check your must-do lists and look for the different flights available for your route. If you’re flexible with the travel dates, it’s easier to save money from flights. Check different airlines, airports and booking sites for cheaper airfare.

  • Get a Visa

Research if your destinations require visas. You don’t want to get stuck in the airport, cancel plans and waste a flight because your next destination requires a visa, which you don’t have.

One to Two Months Before

  • Take Care of the Cancellation of Contracts

Since you’ll be gone for months, start scheduling cancellations of contracts such as your gym membership, home internet connection and mobile plans. Remember, you need an early notice to minimize hefty cancellation fees.  

  • Shop for Appropriate Gears

Depending on the activities you’ll be doing, you need to bring the necessary gear. Go shopping and look for sales to save money.

One Week Before

  1. Start Packing

Now is the time to pack. Start early and it won’t be stressful to stay organized.

  1. Scan Your Documents

Scan your visa, passport, some valid IDs and other important travel documents. Save it in a flash drive and have it with you anywhere. In case you lose the original documents, the scanned copies are your life saver.

On the Day

  1. Go to the Airport Hours Early

Consider the check-in and security lines, as well as the immigration. You need ample time to get through these gates. Avoid the stress and get to the airport three to four hours early.

Get on that plane and go! You’ve planned for it long enough. Enjoy and savour every minute of that well-deserved vacation.