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15
Jan

Why Laughing is Important In Our Life

The old saying “laughter is the best medicine”, may very much hold true. Especially in our time today where everyone notices they have so much struggle, sadness, disappointments and etc. Clearly, life is not always easy, but by sharing a good laugh we can make it much less miserable.

Benefits of Laughing

Lowers stress

Clearly enough, it isn’t very surprising that laughing can improve our mood very easily. When we laugh, our muscles become more relaxed, relieving tension around the body. Not only does laughing ease physical tension, it also significantly reduces the formation of stress hormones.

Good for the heart

Laughing also pushes us to exercise our lungs and abdominal muscles, which in turn improves our circulation and blood flow. This can help us maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and protect us from heart diseases.

Strengthens the immune system

Laughter doesn’t only reduce stress hormones, it can increase and strengthen immune cells as well. It can also specifically affect the lymphatic system which is responsible for collecting and cleaning waste all around the body.

Better social interactions

Having a good laugh with others can help you form better bonds and relationships. Because laughing can be contagious, people who can make others laugh easily are naturally alluring. They give off the impression that they are friendly, fun and easy to be with. 

Promotes a positive mood

Laughter increases the production of endorphins, hormones that make us feel happier.  It also encourages a positive mood not only for yourself, but also for the people around you. It can make your workplace livelier and making more tasks easier to carry out.

Ways to laugh more

 Joke around

One popular Singaporean joke that’s already been going around for a long time goes:

“Good morning sir, may I have your order?”

“Big Mac for me, Cheeseburger for my son, McChicken for my DONKEY wife.”

“Big Mac, Cheeseburger & McChicken. Any side order, sir?”

“Lemme see. French fries for me, fudge sundae for my son, & apple pie for my DONKEY wife.”

“French fries, fudge sundae, apple pie. Any drinks, sir?”

“Sure. Coffee for me, coke for my son, & milkshake for my DONKEY wife.”

“Coffee, coke, & milkshake. That’ll be … dollars.”

“Here you go. C’mon son, let’s go to our table. Your DONKEY mother will collect the food.”

“Excuse me, madam. Sorry to intrude, but how can your husband be so rude? He kept calling you DONKEY, even to your son.”

“Hannor! HEE-HAW, so liddat one! HEE-HAW, veri bad one! HEE-HAW, neh give face one!”

Surf the internet

With the internet, it’s very easy to find funny things. It is a treasure cove for jokes, video clips, and more.

Laugh at yourself sometimes

Don’t worry if you think you’re bad at jokes, jokes aren’t the only ways to make others laugh. Share a story! We can’t deny that we have embarrassing moments from time to time and talking about those moments usually invites laughter.

15
Jan

The Benefits of Rice

With rice being the most widely consumed staple food around the world, especially in Asia, we just can ignore how important and how good it can be for our body. If you think about it, here are really just more reasons for you to get that Hainanese chicken rice.

The Nutrients

The different varieties of rice each have different nutritional values. White rice is mostly made up of carbohydrates, and a certain percentage of protein and fat. It is also a great source of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and etc. Brown rice also contains carbohydrates, protein, and fat, but considerably more compared to white rice. It has about four times more fiber compared to white rice.

These nutrients are all beneficial for our bodies and can help us become healthier.

The Benefits

Supplies energy

Rice is a great source of energy because it is rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are fuel that our body and brain need for healthy functioning. Having rice provides us with more fuel so that we can finish our daily activities without getting tired too easily.

Promotes cardiovascular well-being 

Because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, rice aids our blood flow leading to a healthier cardiovascular system. Rice helps prevent the narrowing of blood vessels and cleans away excess sodium in the blood to prevent blockage in the arteries.

Controls blood pressure

The risk for high blood pressure can be found with having high levels of cholesterol, which we get from fatty foods. Too much intake of sodium also leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure. But rice is low on both fat and sodium. And as mentioned earlier, the other components of rice help to cleanse excess sodium in the blood.

May help prevent cancer

Rice, brown rice specifically, contains a good amount of fiber. It prevents the development and growth of cancer cells in the body. This is made possible because fiber because it enhances the body’s ability to move waste material so that they cannot affect other cells negatively.

Also controls blood sugar

Fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar and keeps it in check. It checks and slows the absorption of glucose into the blood so that it is distributed more efficiently to where it is needed. Having too much glucose in the blood is already a big enough reason for blood sugar to rise, but having too much glucose in the blood can also damage the cells around them.

Aids digestion

Having some rice has been known to help with constipation, dysentery, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Again, this is because of its richness in fiber. Soluble fiber helps with blood sugar and blood pressure while insoluble fiber helps with digestion. Insoluble fiber is not included in digestion, rather, it allows other food to move through your system easily.

18
Dec

Top Six Life-Saving Tips for Beginning Bakers

Even though it seems difficult (and even more so when the pros make it look so easy), baking can actually quite fun and fulfilling once you get your first batch out of the oven. There are a few steps you can take towards making better baked goods:

  1. Follow the recipe to the letter. While cooking is an art, baking is a science, especially when you’re following a recipe. Aside from your ingredients, methods, and how you bring them all together, there are other variables and factors that you need to consider such as altitude and hot spot variations in the oven.

A general rule to follow when baking is that when in doubt, sticking to the instructions will get you good results each time.

  • Keep all your ingredientsclose by. Beforebaking, write down a list of all your ingredients, equipment, and tools thatyou will need for the recipe and arrange them in your workplace in a way that they’reeasy to reach. This will save you a lot of time when bringing them together toform your batch later on.
  • Don’t make rough estimates. You’ll save yourself and your taste buds from a lot of disappointment later on by measuring the exact amount of ingredients that you need for making the dough/batter/etc. as well as the amount of time needed for your batch to sit in the oven. A timer and measuring equipment in the kitchen will do you wonders.
  • Don’t over-mix your batter. Depending on the recipe that you’re planning on cooking, over-mixed batter will only result in really tough finished products. The point of mixing is simply to incorporate the ingredients into the mixture, so be sure to do exactly just that (unless otherwise specified).
  • Baking mats and parchment paper are your best friends. There is nothing more annoying for a baker than seeing your work stick to baking tray (or worse, fall through the oven rack).

While dusting your workspace with flour is one way tokeep your dough or batter from sticking to the countertop, having baking matsand parchment paper for your goods will save you a lot of time and effort inscraping the dough later on, and can keep your baked goods intact.

  • A pinch is one-eighth of a teaspoon. When a recipe calls for “a pinch” of anything (though this is mostly limited to dry ingredients), bring your thumb, index, and middle finger together for this purpose.
  • Don’t worry too much about messing up your first few batches. Mistakes are bound to happen, and learning from them will help you grow as a baker. And even more importantly, have fun!
18
Dec

6 Tips for Buying a New Bed (That Will Have You Sleeping Like a Baby)

The bed is perhaps one of the most underrated pieces of furniture around, and chances are that you’re going to take it for granted until you notice that you no longer enjoy sleeping on it.  

But now that you’ve proceeded to ditch your old mattress and get yourself a new one, be sure to follow these tips to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep every time:

1. Firmer is not always better. People’s preferences and needs are different, and with a firm bed, you might as well be sleeping on a carpeted floor – if you don’t enjoy it, you’re better off with something that has a little give.  

Softness isn’t exactly better for your back, either, as a mattress that’s too soft can sag leave you with poor posture when you wake up.

2. Feelfree to give yourself a comfort test. While thisdoesn’t mean you should lie down or sit on it (many establishments that sellmattresses actually don’t let you do this), pressing your hand down on themattress should be enough to give you a feel of how comfy it is.

3. Check the warranty. A brand-new mattress that’s being sold will have at a minimum warranty of ten years. You should also consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector to keep it from getting stained, as any staining can void the warranty.

4. Bed size is key. The general rule of thumb when choosing a new mattress is to get one that you can fit in your bedroom in the first place – there’s no point in getting a king- or queen-sized bed if you can’t get it through the door.

You should also pick a bed size that fits what youneed at home. You may opt for a smaller one if you live alone or are the onlyperson sleeping on the bed, but if you live with your partner or spouse, oryour whole family sleeps on the same bed, a king- or queen-sized bed might bethe bed that you need.

5. Set aside some of the budget for a bed frame. The bed frame is also just important as the mattress itself, and a solid metal frame will be able to go through several beds without a problem.

As long as the casters on the corners and the mid-section of the frame are heavyweight, you can count on the frame to support you without buckling anytime soon.  

6. Always keep an eye out for the “gimmicks”. While mattress sellers that will advertise the bed as “medically-approved” or “orthopedic”, keep in mind that there is no single organization that can verify this.

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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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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