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Jun

How to Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a cheaper alternative to wall paint, although cleaning and maintenance is more difficult because it tends to absorb the dust, dirt, and stains in your home. So, how do you go about keeping it clean for many years?

Vacuum or Wipe Regularly
The simplest method to keep your wallpaper in great condition is to vacuum it regularly. If it is a textured or flocked wallpaper, use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Start from the top and work your way down one panel at a time. If the wallpaper is non-textured or flat, you can use a microfiber cloth attached to a sweeper.

Do Not Use Water
No matter what type of stain you need to remove, you should not use water to clean your wallpaper unless it’s a washable type. Neither should you scrub wallpaper because it could come off. There is a special cleaning chemical made for such a task called a wallpaper dough, which is commonly sold at DIY, hardware, and home décor stores in Singapore. Just roll and knead a handful of the dough over the stain to lift it.

Test Washable Wallpaper
If the manufacturer said that the wallpaper is washable, you should test a cleaning chemical first on an inconspicuous part before using the product. Dab a dampened cloth on a small area and observe if it absorbs water, runs, or changes color. If it does, then it means the wallpaper should not be washed.

Wipe Off Grease and Steam
Some parts of the house, like the kitchen, are exposed to grease and steam. Although a scheduled light washing every few months will remove most of the stain, you should make it a habit to wipe off heavily exposed wallpaper regularly with slightly dampened sponge in a water and dishwashing liquid mixture. Make sure that the sponge isn’t overly soaked then pat-dry the wallpaper surface with a clean towel. You can also install a waterproof sheet made for protecting wallpaper from grease and steam.

Vinyl Wallpaper Can Be Washed
There is only one type of wallpaper that can be safely washed with water, but you should avoid soaking the cleaning rag or sponge because the water can still get through the cracks and edges. Moisten the rag or sponge and do not apply a lot of pressure when wiping the wallpaper. Don’t forget to rinse then pat-dry the walls after cleaning with lukewarm water.

Some Stains Are Tough
For stains that cannot be removed with spot-treatment using wallpaper dough, press an absorbent cloth or paper towel against the stain, then iron the cloth or paper towel set at very low heat. The heat will eventually loosen the stain and transfer it to the cloth or paper towel.

Jun

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Now that you have a job, it is much easier to find money to pay the bills and save some for the future. But having money to buy most of the things you need also has its drawbacks. Add to that the lack of time to exercise because you’re always busy making money. Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself if your job is making you fat.

How many hours do you spend on your desk?
The most common cause for weight gain at work is lack of physical activity for days at a time. Most employees sit at their desks for hours, and that’s not healthy at all. You should take occasional breaks to stretch or walk around the office, although that’s not to encourage you to slack off.

How long do you need to commute?
Most employees start their day by traveling to the office, sitting for most of the eight hours at their desk, then spending some more time getting home. That means more time for sitting. Various studies have shown, however, that those who commute burn off more fat than those who drive to work. Walking and biking are also much healthier.

How do you spend your weekend and free time?
Check how you’re spending your free time and weekends away from work. Enjoying life is just as important as earning money for food and bills. Lack of physical activities and hobbies can cause more stress and therefore lead to various health problems. You should also check how your co-workers’ eating habits are affecting you. You may find yourself obligated to go on unhealthy lunches, parties, drinking and late night-outs. You shouldn’t avoid these completely, but you should also make an effort to say no occasionally.

Does your job trigger stress?
Stress can do things to your appetite, that is why some people turn to eating (or not eating) to compensate for the high levels of stress hormones that are wreaking havoc in the body. If you’re the type of employee who also needs to take home the job, your stress level is also much higher and will cause restless sleep that the body might compensate by making you feel hungrier. Employees in overnight shifts also tend to have more health problems that daytime employees, although the body will eventually adjust to the new schedule.

Does your food contain more calories?
Most fast-food are much more affordable than the fare sold at healthy restaurants, not to mention they’re also more accessible. For those who no longer have enough time to prepare a healthy meal, takeouts from the nearest fast-food chain are the most practical, but unhealthy option.

Does your company have wellness programs?
Not only should a good company be able to provide health incentives for its employees, but it is also partly responsible for keeping the personnel healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. One way of providing a way to de-stress is to set up wellness programs. However, only large companies are willing to invest in activities that they feel won’t bring in more profit.

May

Qualities to Look for in a Plumber

If you need plumbing services from a reliable plumber or invest in renovations with a plumbing contractor in Singapore, you should keep in mind these qualities and qualifications.

Preparation
A reliable plumber is prepared when called especially if it’s an emergency. During the first day of the job, the licensed plumber must have all the tools of the trade and knows all the functions of the equipment when asked for clarifications. Any plumbing works must not be entrusted to a plumber who still borrows items from you because they forgot to bring the required items.

Timeliness
A 24 hours plumber in Singapore should show up on time and will advise you how long you need to wait and instruct you what you should do in case there is a leak. If the plumbing services company respects your time, they will ask when it is most convenient for one oft heir plumbers to perform an inspection and will not be late for the job.

Respect for Property
If there is a major plumbing project in your home, the plumber might have to stay at your home for hours at a time. Any professional should know not to meddle with your affairs or poke around the areas in your house where they are not allowed. The plumbing services contractor to repair toilet pipe leakage should also have the sense to protect your home from any potential damage that might result from poor quality work.

Experience and Credentials
The first thing any reliable plumber in Singapore such as superplumbers.sg should show you are the credentials. He/she should be able to answer your questions about the problem in your plumbing, his/her experience with the same problem, and the type of training he/she went through. Besides the list of services, the plumber should show you a clear and updated pricing of the services and items.

Fair Prices
A clear estimate of the plumbing services should be discussed before any work can commence to avoid surprise charges. The more detailed the pricing or list, the better. If the plumber can only offer estimates, he/she should be upfront about the exact price he/she will ask from you instead of a vague answer. If possible, ask for a bill or statement so you can have a record or proof of the agreed price.

Good Communication Skills
A professional plumber should be able to answer any question about plumbing problems. Without having to be too technical about it, you should be able to understand what the plumber is trying to do to solve the problem and what are the possible steps to avoid experiencing the same issue in the future. Not all homeowners know how plumbing works and what the parts do after all.

Guarantee of Work
The plumber must be able to guarantee you quality work and is willing to correct mistakes if there are issues even after the repair. Even the best can make mistakes, but they should have plans to compensate for that.

May

Which Activities Should You Invest Your Time In?

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m too old to be doing this”? Well, if you have said that to yourself, it’s quite clear you’ve collected a good number of years. Some people do their bust to stay young and have become obsessed with trying to keep their spirits at youth. Now, there are some things we should never forget and there are some things that are better left in the past. How do we determine these?

Here are a few ways to determine which things we should bring with us into our age and things we should leave behind:

1. Can I still do it?
Maybe as simple as doing a hundred push-ups or maybe even doing a cartwheel, ask yourself if you can really do it. This is the first step since some people jump into conclusions right away. Some people without a doubt think that they are as fit and nimble as they used to be back then but sadly, they aren’t.

2. Is it still good for me?
Yikes! What would you gain if you are going to do the things you used to do. Now surely they did have a huge effect on your life either positive or negative. Ask yourself if what you want to do is actually good for you. There may be a huge gap between the age you used to do what you used to do and the age you are now. Let’s be honest, is it really still good for you?

3. What effect would this have on my future?
Now although you’ve collected quite a good number of years, you still have to make sure the rest of your years are spent productively. Hey, it may be an old habit you used to do to pass the time. Does it have a positive effect on your future or does it have a negative one? That’s entirely up to you to decide.

4. Is it worth it?
Now is it worth going through the trouble of reprogramming your life once again? After all, you’ve changed quite a bit. Is it wise to change back into who you used to be? Some things are great but then again not worth the trouble. Maybe you just miss the old days. Maybe it’s time to leave the past in the past.

To be young at heart has many definitions. In fact, you wouldn’t run out of ways to describe yourself as young at heart. You could think of something new every day to keep you feeling young. But hey, having a couple of years more than others is perfectly normal. Besides, there are people with a couple years more than yours.

May

A Night at The Ottomani

Where will you and your partner spend your next date? Well, there are definitely so many places out there you can spend a special evening in, but obviously you want the best! Let’s say you’re looking for a place that isn’t too popular but at the same time classy. Let’s say you want a place that’s private but also not isolated.

Let’s say you want a place that’s perfect for just you and your partner. Well, The Ottomani is a great place for you! Okay, some couples like to be seen being romantic in public, but maybe not you. Maybe you’d enjoy privacy with your partner because after all, the whole point of going out with your partner is to be with your partner and not with other people.

Maybe the Ottomani is the perfect place for you. Oh yeah! Here’s the best part, there’s also a bit of secrecy and adventure to this place. In fact, you might not even be able to spot it right away. Located next to the classy Fat Prince café and bar is one of the hidden jewels of Singapore, the Ottomani.

Inspired by restaurant in the Middle East, the Ottomani not only looks luxurious but also serves luxurious food making you and your partner fee like royalty. Enjoy your meals as you sit on plush couch for extra comfort and enjoyment. The best way to start your dining experience at the Ottomani is by going for the Hokkaido Scallops which cost about 24 Sing Dollars and are served with mojama (or salt-cured tuna), fennel, and pomelo amba, which provides the dish with some acidity.

Starting off with this dish is a guarantee in itself that your night will be perfect! Enjoy the night with your partner at the Ottomani. Oh yeah! Once you’re done with dinner and are looking to order a couple of drinks, you can just head over to the bar where you can enjoy a couple of drinks, a couple of laughs, and most importantly, a couple of smiles with your partner.

Don’t just fill the night with romance, turn the night into romance itself! You can’t go wrong with taking your partner to the Ottomani. It’d be really hard to ruin a night set in this perfect restaurant.

Finding the Ottomani might be quite hard which adds to the thrill but for your sake, here are the directions. We don’t want you to spend your Valentines having to roam around in circles. Better get a reservation! Even if this place isn’t flooded by the general public, other couples might also want to spend their Valentines at the Ottomani.

The Ottomani is located at 48 Peck Seah St 079317.

Apr

Where to Find the Best Artisan Chocolates

Chocolate lovers often reach that point when they want to try chocolates not made by commercial companies. That is not to say the chocolates we find at stores aren’t tasty, but sometimes we want to try something different. These artisan chocolates are also not easy to find and are often produced locally.

What is an artisan chocolate?
Artisan chocolates are made by hand in small batches. This is opposed to commercial chocolates which are mass-produced. Artisan chocolates sometimes takes days to create. They also come in different designs and shapes. You might ask, do they use ingredients that are natural? Well, not necessarily. Even these small-scale chocolate makers use artificial coloring and ingredients to create their products. Some of these are meticulously picked and processed, however, and that is why some artisan chocolates can be pricey.

What are the types of artisan chocolates?
Like commercially-produced chocolates, artisan chocolates are divided into three categories; dark, milk and flavored. Dark chocolates have the highest percentage of cocoa solids and has little to no added sugar. Milk chocolates are cocoa solids mixed with milk. Other ingredients such as vanilla, butter, lecithin and milk fats are also used. Flavored chocolates are cocoa solids with flavorings and other ingredients besides those used to make milk chocolate. Some artisan chocolates add unusual ingredients such as chili, salt and others in the chocolate. What about white chocolate? White chocolate isn’t actually a type of chocolate because it isn’t made from cocoa solids, but are made instead from non-fat parts of cocoa.

How are artisan chocolates made?
Most artisan chocolatiers start with the cocoa beans. These are bought fresh from the market or directly supplied by farmers and then roasted. The husks are removed and the cocoa is refined into bars. There are two primary ingredients for any artisan chocolate, the cacao and sugar. Some artisans are particular about the type of cocoa beans they use. There are three types used today by chocolate makers. These are Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. After the husks of the beans are removed, the nibs are ground into chocolate liquor. Next, the chocolate is placed in a wet grinder to refine and aerate it. The sugar is usually added while the chocolate is refined. After the grinding, the chocolate is tempered by cooling and warming alternately and then molded.

Where to find artisan chocolates in Singapore?
Check out these artisan chocolatiers in the country.
1. Angelina Tea Room & Patisserie
2. Anjalichocolat Artisan Chocolatier
3. Artisan Boulangerie Co.
4. Beans to Bars
5. Chocolate Origin
6. Cocoa Colony
7. Demochoco
8. Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
9. Leela’s Fine Chocolates
10. Matt’s The Chocolate Shop
11. The Audacious Cakery
12. The Bakery Chef
13. Wimbly Lu Chocolates

Apr

What to Expect During Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a procedure that should be done by a certified medical practitioner. It takes time and proper planning before the procedure is performed so that there are no complications post-surgery. Remember that regardless of the type of procedure you want done, plastic surgery needs incisions.

How to Prepare Before the Procedure
There are several things the patient needs to observe before the scheduled procedure. When the person books an appointment, a consultation is done first before the operation is done. This will allow the doctor to assess what needs to be done and to determine if the patient is qualified for the procedure. Besides the standard medical examinations, the following should be observed:

1. Know your plastic surgeon. Read reviews and ask your friends about the best plastic surgeons. Research about the doctor’s credentials and the procedures available.
2. Inform the doctor of your medical history. Most competent doctors will look at your medical records. This is to avoid giving procedures to patients who might not be qualified for it.
3. The weight must be normal and maintained before the procedure. Fluctuations in weight can affect the result.
4. Inform the doctor about all the medications you’re taking including vitamin supplements and herbal remedies.
5. Smokers cannot undergo plastic surgery because it causes poor blood supply and will interfere with healing. As with most procedures, the concern is usually the recovery of the patient. Avoid smoking until the wound has completely healed.
6. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. This will make the procedure more difficult and will even affect the healing process. Avoid drinking until you are completely healed.

What to Do After Plastic Surgery
The doctor will usually give instructions post-surgery including proper care of the wounds. Most people, however, still practice their usual routine and that can affect the healing process. You should observe the following:

1. Never apply cosmetics while the sutures are still healing. Even if the plastic surgery is done on your face, you should not try to cover it with makeup because it might cause infections and allergic reactions.
2. You should limit your exposure to sunlight. You are not advised to apply sunscreen on the area because the wound must be kept clean. Only antibiotics and ointments recommended by the doctor should be used, so you should stay indoors while you’re still healing to avoid complications.

3. Avoid taking supplements and drinks that are not recommended by the doctor. Never self-medicate to speed up your healing. Chances are, the medicine you decided taking will interact negatively with your antibiotics.
4. Don’t forget the check-ups with your doctor. He/she will be able to monitor the healing process and schedule the removal of the sutures.
5. You need to monitor your diet while you’re healing. The doctor will probably recommend antibiotics for the wound to avoid infections. Some patients will be on a liquid diet for a time while others are recommended to have better intake of proteins for fast recovery.