Characteristics of a Good Plumbing Company

Finding a good plumbing company is like finding a new friend. Apart from being helpful and reliable, they are also determined to cater to all of your needs, and provide you with high quality level of service. There are a lot of qualities that you could look for in a company, but do you know which ones are the most important? Here, we’ve listed down some of the characteristics that makes great plumbing companies stand out from the rest.

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1. Insured and Licensed

Most plumbing companies in Singapore are required to be insured and licensed, but not everyone is. Being licensed and insured is crucial as it allows them to legally perform some plumbing works in your home, and in case something goes wrong, they have all the resources to correct it.

A lot of accidents could happen to a plumber, but these plumbers could also commit mistakes that might damage your home or plumbing system. Insurance and licenses are necessary not just to protect to the company, but the homeowners as well.

2. Outstanding Reputation

Just like any other company, a good plumbing company should have an outstanding reputation. So consider checking on a company’s reputation first before hiring them for their plumbing services.

You can easily do this by visiting the company’s website, and look for the ratings and reviews given by the company’s past clients. Another way to do it is to ask them for a referral list, and have their previous customers share their experience with the plumbing company. Doing so won’t just let you get more information about the company, but also give you an idea as to what kind of result you can expect to get from them.

3. Drug Tests and Background Checks on Plumbers

Allowing a stranger into your home to fix something makes you vulnerable to something bad potentially happening. To ensure that you’re not compromising the safety of your family and home, confirm that all the plumbers from the company have gone through thorough background checking and drug testing. Doing this will definitely make you feel more secure when a plumber is around instead of being always on guard.

4. Friendly Staff

Hiring a plumber or plumbing contractor with a positive attitude is crucial as this allows you to comfortably ask questions about the necessary repairs. Receptive plumbing companies that have a number such as the Faber plumbers 24/7 hotline in Singapore aim to establish a good connection between their customers, to ensure that they will be the first on their call list whenever you are in need of plumbing services.

That characteristic of the company or the plumber himself gives them a guarantee that you’ll hire them again, or even recommend their services to your family and friends. This type of permanence and reputation usually comes from a well-earned reputation, and years of experience in the plumbing industry.

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5. Quality and Variety of Services Offered

Apart from having a good reputation and trustworthy technicians, a good plumbing company should also offer a great variety of quality plumbing services like faucet repair and installation, preventative maintenance, drain cleaning, toilet repair and installation, and video pipe inspection. The company should be able to provide both quality commercial and residential plumbing services.

If possible, the company should also have an emergency or a 24 hours plumber ready, in case you need to get a plumbing job done at inconvenient hours.

6. Experience

Another important characteristics of a good plumbing company is their years of experience in the field. Any company’s experience can be easily judged through the number of their satisfied customers. The amount of trust their clients give them signifies the company’s and their plumbers’ experience, as well as the kind of reputation they have in the industry.

7. Guaranteed and Fast Repairs

A great and reliable plumber won’t show up at a client’s house carrying just the basic part to perform some common repairs – they should come prepare with their fully-stocked truck. If a special part needs to be ordered to complete your plumbing task, then the company should do everything possible to have your problem fixed as soon as possible.

Fast repair services often leads to sloppy results, however, which is why it’s crucial to have a guarantee on the work done to your plumbing system. A company that provides a guarantee for their repair job allows you to feel confident with the plumbing works that they did, and helps you save money in case the first job didn’t completely fixed your problem.

8. Availability

A plumbing company’s availability in a particular area is a must. Obviously, you won’t be able to ask for their services if they don’t have any branches in your area in Singapore. So, as much as possible, check the company’s availability in your area first before calling them in.

9. Affordability

Before hiring a plumbing contractor from a particular plumbing company, make sure that their rates fit with your estimated budget. Also, try comparing their rats with other plumbing companies, and go for the one that you think best suits your needs and budget.

10. Respects the Time of their Clients

A great plumbing company respects the time of their clients, and offers some form of compensation if their plumber is late for work. Circumstances, such as traffic, often gets in the way and prevents the plumber from showing up in time. If your prospective plumbing company truly respects your time, they won’t let you experience such frustration – they will get to work as quickly as possible, and finish the job that they were paid to do.

Although the need to do home repairs sometimes is never pleasant, knowing that you have someone you can rely on to fix your problem will definitely give you a little peace of mind.

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Healthy Practices to Carry Out

 

You should do your best to live healthy if you want to enjoy what life has to offer. Being healthy takes time and whole lot of effort but you will eventually realize that it is all worth it. You can start by carrying our healthy practices.

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The good thing here in Singapore is that many people are getting more interested of healthy practices. It is just a matter of dissemination. Here are some healthy practices that you should carry out for this year and the coming years:

  • Submit yourself for check-up: Before submitting yourself for healthy practices, you have to go and see the doctor. Submitting for check-ups can help the doctor determine the right healthy practice for you. Get a thorough check-up from blood work to bones. It is important that you do this at least once a year because it will serve as your preventive practice. You have to know that it is easier to treat an issue if caught early.
  • Ignore and avoid processed foods: Sometimes meats are too attractive that you cannot let it go. If you want to be healthy as a bull, you have to ignore and avoid processed foods especially those that comes in packages. Do this for at least a month and you will see the difference. You will surely feel better after a few weeks.

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  • Stop eating five hours before bed: Not eating five hours before bed can be a bit challenging especially if you are the type that gets hungry all the time. This is important because it can help with your digestion, weight loss and especially sleep. If you eat, make sure that you have balanced dinner and finish it off with herbal tea.
  • Walk at least 10,000 steps everyday: You do not monitor your steps in the past. Now is the time that you monitor it and know that it can make a difference at the end of the day. Walking at least 10,000 steps everyday will help your body realize how active you are. If you cannot do this, you should improve on physical activities.
  • Change exercise routine: If you are a runner, it is time that you let your body adapt to other changes. It is always nice to try something new and continuously challenge yourself for higher things.

Remember though that what might work for the other does not automatically mean it will work for you. You have to try new and different things so you can find something that will fit your lifestyle. Here’s to healthy living!

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Wines

 

You do not know a thing about wine expect that they taste and feel good. Beyond that, you do not make an effort. No matter how many times you tasted it and in different variations, there are still a lot of things to know about it. You do not need to be an expert to know something. Sometimes it is always best to know beyond what is ordinary.

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The truth is, knowing the nitty gritty of wines takes time but you will eventually get there if you know basic things about it. The wine expert is called Sommelier. You do not need to know everything and be an encyclopaedia of knowledge. Just don’t be clueless about it. Here’s what you need to know about wines:

When pairing wine with food

Wines are best when paired with food. You should know that every variety incorporates wide range of styles. For example, what works for cabernet sauvignon might not work for another. If you are not sure what wine to pair with food, there are safe bets. For example, chardonnay is the best bet for pasta and seafood. You can pair sauvignon blanc with white meat and goat cheese. Pinot Grigio is also safe for fresh vegetables and shellfish dishes.

Corks vs. crew caps

There is a difference between corks and crew caps. Basically, the difference is the amount of oxygen they permit into the wine. Corks are associated with expensive wine. Corks only allow small amount of oxygen during the aging process while caps do not. Many prefer screw caps because they are easily opened but it can be associated with cheap wines. No matter what you choose, the important thing is the taste and quality of the wine.

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Tannins

If you are a white wine fan, you wouldn’t hear tannins in most conversations. Tannins are famous for red wines. Tannins are plant polyphenols which are found in the skin of wind grapes. Tannins affect the texture and mouth feel of the wine. Tannins produce a drying effect and causing the mouth to crease.

Sulfites

Many believe that sulfites or sulphur dioxide are harmful to humans. This is the common misconception. Sulfites ascend during fermentation and all wines hold that. Some company add sulfites to preserve the wine’s freshness. You should know that it doesn’t affect people at all. So it is safe to drink it.

How long can it be kept in the fridge?

Well, it totally depends on the wine. If you open a bubbly, seal it and you can store it for another three days. For the corked wines, you can still consume it after five days. If you refrigerate it after first opening, you can still consume it couple of extra days.

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Choosing a Wedding Reception Dress

In the recent years, many brides are choosing two bridal dresses for the big day: one for the ceremony and another for the Singapore reception. The gown for the ceremony looks more formal and usually restricts movement, such as mermaid silhouettes and ballgowns. Brides who opt for these ceremony dresses prefer to change into a completely different dress for the reception, so they can dance and move around comfortably.

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A bridal studio offers a myriad of options to choose from. If you consider switching into a comfortable reception dress on your wedding day, make sure to keep these tips in mind.

1. Go Short
One great thing about having a second bridal wardrobe is that you can pick a shorter and more comfortable type of dress. Many boutiques have collections of short wedding dresses—some are more formal while others look casual. If you’re going for comfort in hot Singapore, a halter style with flowing skirt would be a perfect pick. For a more formal choice, you can go for a tube or sweetheart top with fuller skirt.

2. Go Long But Keep it Simple
If you wish to wear a floor-length dress for your reception, ask your bridal boutique for more forgiving silhouettes and dresses made of comfortable materials—think empire waist and sheath dresses. The one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want your reception dress to outshine your ceremony gown. Beadings and laceworks are fine, but keep them less than your ceremony dress.

3. Have Fun With Colours
Brides don’t always have to wear white. Choosing a coloured reception dress is a new trend that more and more Singapore brides are embracing. For instance, if your wedding colours are purple and pink, choose a cocktail dress in the shades of those colours or a beautiful red dress. An important point to remember, however, is to not choose a colour that matches your bridesmaids. You want to stand out at your reception, not to blend in with the crowd.

4. Let Your Personal Style Shine
Stay true to your style when choosing a ceremony dress and a reception dress. Your style will tie both looks together. For example, if you aim for a fairytale-like wedding, choose regal style dresses. There are many elegant wedding gowns from White Link bridal in Singapore that you can choose from. For the Singapore ceremony, wear a ballgown or a princess style wedding dress, with intricate beading and off-shoulder sleeves. For your reception dress, pick a sweetheart, A-line, tea-length dress. When both of your dresses reflect your style, the outfit changes will flow seamlessly together.

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5. Include Traditional Pieces
If you want a touch of your culture in your wedding, your reception dress can be a great way to represent it. For Singapore brides, you can wear a cheongsam. Choose the shorter style for a more comfortable choice. Another way is to accessorize accordingly if you don’t want to don a traditional dress. Instead of wearing a cheongsam, accessorizing in red and gold would be a tasteful option to keep your culture subtly included in your celebration.

6. Consider Transition Dresses
Some boutiques carry dresses that can be worn in different ways, so make sure to ask your bridal studio for this collection. Some full skirts can be removed to reveal a short dress underneath, long sleeves can be detached to reveal off-shoulder straps, or boleros can be removed to reveal sleeveless or tube top. By wearing a dress with these elements, the transition from ceremony to reception look is automatically cohesive since the body of the dress is retained.

7. Mind the Fabric and the Beading
If your wedding gown displays opulence and elegance, carry this stunning look into your wedding reception by bringing the gorgeous elements from your ceremony gown to your reception dress. For example, if your first dress is adorned with heavy beadwork, ask your bridal boutique consultant for dress options in beaded sheath silhouette neckline or sash/belt that hints at the glamour of your wedding gown.

When to Change Dresses?

First off, plan things ahead of time. Have the dress, shoes, and jewellery (yes, some brides switch all the accessories, too) all laid out in the master’s room of your reception venue. Designate one or two of your friends (but definitely not three or more) or your wedding planner to help you change. If you bring too many people in the changing area, it might take longer for you to change than necessary.

Ideally, you can change right after the Singapore ceremony, before the reception starts. However, some brides choose to change after the first dance or before the party started. If you prefer changing while the reception is going on, make sure not to be gone for more than 10 minutes or your guests will notice you have been gone long enough. Your wedding planner should be able to keep you on schedule and urge you to get back to the party if you’ve been in the changing room for too long.

Having two wedding gowns is a relatively novel trend, so don’t confine yourself to a certain fashion rule or expectation. Take advantage of this opportunity to spice things up in your wedding day, to be creative with your look and to surprise your guests, and most of all, your groom. But remember, it isn’t necessary to change into another dress. If you love your wedding gown and prefer not to take off the dress you painstakingly put on earlier, you can certainly wear it throughout the night.

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The Significant Functions of Cellophane Bags to Businesses  

 

Even in these modern age and time, postal mailing service is still widely considered as a very important part in the field of business. It still plays a huge role in the marketing efforts of any and every company. Although mobile phones are very popular as a modern mode of communication, postal mail is still used in different parts of the world. In fact, envelope manufacturers are still able to enjoy a flourishing business thanks to the extensive uses of their products for personal and business purposes.

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There are different postal packaging items that interested customers can purchase today. Due to the development of various packaging items, it led to the increase of companies and individuals using it for different purposes. Aside from using envelopes in sending documents, bubble bags, pillow boxes, and cardboard boxes are developed and used in mailing other items aside from letters.

And you might not believe it but cellophane bags are very popular products of postal packaging manufacturers nowadays. It’s not only individuals who make use of this bag when they want to mail a gift item to their desired recipient. Singapore companies also found a way of how they can use this particular bag that can help their business in a big way.

Believe it or not, this clear and transparent packaging item has numerous functions which benefits the user. Cellophane bags may just look simple yet it’s very effective as a packing item. We will know now what the functions are of this transparent bag to both individuals and companies.-font-b-tshirt-b-font-font-b-bag-b-font-vest-font-b-bag-b

  1. One function of the cellophane bag is it helps in broadening the shelf life of greeting or birthday cards and other types of documents. The cards need to stay in good condition if you want your consumers to buy it. So it’s really important that you pack it inside a packaging item to preserve its color and it doesn’t get dirty or yellow immediately.
  2. With different materials used in creating a cellophane bag, it is often used in waterproofing newspapers from the rain and other water elements it could encounter. Newspapers are paper and it could easily get wet and damaged when exposed to water. And so to protect it, a cellophane bag is used by newspaper distributors.
  3. Cellophane bags are also considered as a very popular packaging item for sending gifts. Although you may want to send your gift inside a nicely wrapped box, it is a different matter especially if you’re concerned with the condition it will be in during the transit period. Of course, there are appropriate items which you should place inside the bag. And it will give you a peace of mind knowing that your gift is received in great condition since they can see it immediately in the transparent packaging. This bag is also durable so you don’t have to worry that it will get torn easily.
  4. It is mostly businesses offering food products that uses a cellophane bag as a package. But if you’re business is different, you can still use it especially if the main purpose is to display your product in the market. Because your products may go bad, it will be easy to see its current condition due to the transparency of the packaging item. You can even take it out so that it won’t be seen by your customers. So that’s the fourth function of the cellophane bag and it serves as a checker of the current condition of the product.
  5. Another function of cellophane bags is it serves as a packing item for party favors. Because you want your party favors to be wrapped and presented in a very neat manner, it is best that you go with using the said bag. It is very easy to use since you can just put the party favor inside and close it using a ribbon. It is nice and neat, and it will be easy to see what’s inside. If you are looking for a bag with designs, you can choose from a wide selection available in the online shop of a packaging manufacturer.
  6. The other function of this bag is for mailing advertising items to potential clients. Most businesses employ this tactic especially if they want to attract potential customers. Although the initial reason for sending promotional items to targeted clients is to let them be aware of your brand and for them to use your products, the use of the cellophane bag became highly effective as it entices the recipient to open the package and get what’s inside.

So there you have it, the different yet important functions of cellophane bags today!

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Best Tips for People Looking for Legit Online Shops of Diet Pills  

 

In these modern times, there’s no denying that modernization and technological advancements brought various changes in different parts of the world not just in mobile technology but also in the field of medical science. Scientists were very instrumental in developing new medicines to help in combatting some of the serious health diseases people suffer from.

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However, one of the biggest problems that continues to trouble individuals living in various countries is their excess weight. Without a doubt, people enjoy eating to the point that numerous restaurants enjoy a flourishing business. It’s one of the best ways to share good times with family and friends. The thing is, people who don’t watch their calorie intake and have the tendency to gain weight fast will encounter weight and health issues. Although the Ministry of Health recommends for people to undergo diet programs and even do some exercises, it sure is hard to lose weight.

One solution to this weight problem of people is the diet pill. If you will see advertisements made for such types of pharmacological agents, you will get the idea that it helps in making people reduce their excess weight in a quicker time period. Although there are continuous arguments regarding the effectiveness of such pills especially in United Kingdom where there’s high obesity rate, people are still enticed to order these from the local pharmacy or online shops. Diet pills are still a very popular product among individuals who have weight troubles.

Most people who follows clean living programs and trying to have a healthy lifestyle strongly suggests that you lose weight the natural way. The natural way is through diet and exercise. However, some people are motivated to try other ways especially when they see no difference from the time they started the diet until the moment they decided to change their weight-loss plan.Diet pills that work fast without exercise over the counter

Others will undergo surgery to get rid of the fat in their stomach, arms, and legs. But others will choose to purchase diet pills which are very popular in the said sovereign state in the hope that they lose the weight. If you already consulted your doctor and you found out that you’re not allergic to the ingredients of the said diet pill being sold in United Kingdom, for instance, which you want to try then you choose whether to buy at a local or online store.

If you choose to go with an online pharmacy store as you want to save money, it is essential that you know how to pick a legit and credible store though. Because you will be drinking the pills, it is very important that you get not only effective but quality products as well. It’s easy to discover which one is reputable because most of the time they’ll be the most popular. However, it would also help if you do a quick research on the web for a list of online pharmacy stores where you can make purchases.

In addition, you will know that you’re ordering from a legit online pharmacy store especially if you’re directed to a secure order format page in their site. Because these sites understand the necessity of security to their customers, they ensure that no personal and financial information will be leaked online and misused.

The next tip is all about the price of the diet pills you want to get. Although you might be tempted at first, it is never a good idea to purchase from a store that offers their pills at a cheaper price. If you already purchased from them before and you’re sure of the quality of the products then it surely is a great deal. However, if you are not then it would be best to continue your search for other online stores.

Before you try a product such as diet pills, it is always a must to consult with your doctor first. If you do so, there’s a low chance of you suffering from an allergic reaction due to the pill you took. The doctor will be able to explain to you the ingredients specified in the label and see if you’re allergic to any of those. It would be great to purchase diet pills since they’re popular nowadays but make sure though that you’re not allergic.

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What to Tell Your Doctor on Your Annual Health Clinic Visit

STD screening isn’t part of a person’s annual physical exam. However, for many people, it probably should be. If you are sexually active or engaged in other risky behaviour, it’s very important to discuss your sexual health risk factors with your doctor when you go to a GP clinic. To help you, we’ve listed down some of the important things you should discuss with your doctor during your visit.

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1. The number of sexual partners you’ve had in the past years

Some doctors in a women’s health clinic don’t usually ask about the sexual history of their patients, which is why it is your duty to keep them informed about the sexual activities you’ve done in the previous years. Sharing such information with your doctor will help him or her in assessing your risk of acquiring certain types of STDs.

2. If you have a history of having acquired an STD infection

Disclosing a history of STD infection, if applicable, is crucial for several reasons. The most important reason would be is that you’ll know if ever you’ve acquired an incurable form of STD, and if you’re at a greater risk of developing other types of illnesses. Sharing this information will also help your doctor during your men health checkup at M Lam clinic in Singapore to assess your risk of developing a new infection – either because of the risky behaviours you engage in, or because you’re selecting sexual partners from a higher-risk pool.

3. If you’re sexually involved with someone who’s infected with an STD

If you’ve had sexual contact with a person whom you know is infected with the disease, then your doctor will likely ask you to undergo an STD screening test. If possible, let your doctor know when your partner was first diagnosed with the disease, as well as the activities you both engage in. For instance, if you performed unprotected oral sex on someone who has chlamydia, then your healthcare provider will likely ask you to undergo a throat swab.

4. If you notice any STD-related symptoms on your body

Not all STDs can be detected through a urine or blood test done at a health clinics; some of it are diagnosed through their symptoms. So if you notice any pain, discharge, itching, or bumps in your body, particularly in and around your mouth and sexual organ, make sure to inform your doctor. Providing them with as much helpful information would increase your chance of getting an accurate diagnosis.

5. If you (or your partner) have multiple sex partners

Knowing the number of people you’re sexually involved with, or whether your partner is involved with other people, will help your doctor in evaluating your risk of acquiring an STD. You should also discuss whether or not you’ve practiced safe sex with some or all of your partners, so your healthcare provider will be able to recommend a more suitable STD or HIV testing for you.

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6. If you’ve engaged in receptive anal sex

Similar to other types of sexual practices, engaging in receptive anal sex carries risks. If you regularly perform anal sex, then you might need to get tested for various anal STDs like gonorrhoea and HPV. But do let your doctor know if you use condoms when you engage in anal sex, since doing so greatly reduces your chances of developing an STD.

7. If you’ve performed oral sex on your partner

Just like anal sex, oral sex also comes with its own STD risks. According to health experts in Singapore, engaging in an oral sex with your partner puts you at risk of oral or HPV infections, including chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Although these risks are not that high, it’s still important to disclose such information to your doctor – especially if your partner has been diagnosed with the disease in the past.

8. If you engaged in a sexual intercourse with the same gender

Men who have sex with men (who are not in a monogamous relationship) are at a higher risk of getting STDs like syphilis and HIV. That said, the STD screening recommendations for these individuals differ from other men. Their screenings are done more frequently, and it includes additional STD tests like rectal STD screens.

9. If you and your partner are planning to have a baby

Acquiring certain types of STDs can be dangerous for a pregnant woman and her baby, which is why it’s a good idea to get undergo an STD screening if you’re planning to get pregnant or is already pregnant. That way, you can be treated early on to reduce your risk of developing a fatal neonatal infection. Similarly, it’s also a good idea for men to visit a men’s health clinic that offers STD tests to avoid or lower the chances of passing the disease to their pregnant partners.

Fortunately, safer STD treatment options are now available to reduce the chances of developing foetal infections without putting the pregnancy at risk.

10. If you have other behavioural or health factors that may affect your STD risk

Apart from engaging in unsafe sex, health behaviours like douching or injecting drugs also affect your STD risk. Similarly, having health conditions or using certain medications that affect your immune system might change your vulnerability to the infection. Discussing these factors with your doctor will help in assessing your risk of developing more serious diseases like HIV, and in providing you an opportunity to learn new ways of managing your health.

Even if you’re not a candidate for an STD or HIV testing, do make it a habit to inform your doctor about your sexual health to protect yourself from STDs. So take note of the aforementioned details, and make sure that you disclose all the important information to your healthcare provider in each of your visits.

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Why You Should Go On Family Holidays

The modern times have seen more and more successful Singaporeans with hectic schedule. The high demands of work and the difficulty of taking leaves from their jobs make it more challenging to spend quality times with the family. Thankfully here in Singapore, family ties have still strong bonds despite the economic progress we have achieved. Busybodies still make it a point to be there for important family gatherings. They set their leaves in advance and work doubly hard on overtime just to be allowed to take vacations and go home for family holidays.

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This is the time to get to know each other more

Most of our adult life is spent at the office and sleeping. Only a small portion of our lives are really ever spent with the people who matters to us most. Because of the time spent apart, there are lots of things that happen in our lives and in us. Going on family holidays is our chance to get to know each family member better. This is when we catch up on the goings on in our lives.

This is a time for that much needed relaxation

There’s a time to work and there’s a time to rest. What better way to get that much needed rest than being with your loved ones. For most of us, going on family holidays mean eating our favorite dishes again. This is when our parents spoil us by serving us with the home-cooked food we missed the most. This is also when we do nothing but just sleep for hours, have lazy afternoon conversations with the old folks, and play games with little nephews and nieces.FamilyHoliday476

This contributes to a happier family life

Going on family holidays contributes to more happy memorable memories with the family. Knowing that you have made the effort to go home and spend the holidays with your family lets your loved ones know just how important they are to them.

This maintains strong bonds among family members

We may keep in touch with family members through social media but nothing beats being physically there with your family members. Being close beside them gives you the opportunity to share those missed embraces and kisses. Nothing beats showing physical affection to the people you missed the most. Most of the family’s precious memories are also made when they are complete once again.

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Collagen: The Secret to that Coveted Glowing Complexion  

 

These are the times when people are more concerned about their physical appearances. People, no matter what age or gender, tend to invest in expensive but effective skin care products to maintain good-looking skin and to banish annoying skin blemishes.

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Instead for paying for expensive face creams and facial procedures, why not invest in something more convenient to use and more effective?

Drinking collagen is one of the latest beauty trends nowadays quickly gaining a huge following worldwide. A lot of people are ecstatic to be informed that you can drink your way to better skin, no matter what age.

Collagen: The Lowdown

Collagen is the protein present in your skin. It is the fundamental element that keeps the dermis of the skin youthful and supple, and also keeps the body joints well lubricated. Collagen is also rich in amino acids commonly tagged as “nonessential” but is still vital in keeping the body functions smooth.

Some examples of these amino acids are glycine, which helps boost sleep, and proline and hydroxyproline which are needed in the skin.

As we age, collagen eventually breaks down, resulting in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is why aestheticians inject collagen as a filler to help erase lines and make the skin (or sometimes the lips) plump and supple.

The trend

The ingested collagen trend started in Asia, with brands like Amore Pacific and Shiseido introducing the drinkable collagen in their skin care line. This is usually in the form of supplements, powders and drinks. In the recent years, more Western brands are also jumping on the ingestible collagen bandwagon.image5

Why drink collagen?

Collagen, as a natural protein, is unique since it contains high amounts of hysine, glycine and proline- essential amino acids for the repair of skin and bone tissues.

Drinking collagen instead of injecting it applying as a topical cream is advised because this way, the while body is provided with the essential ingredients for the repair and creation of connective tissues. In addition, a recent study shows that drinking oral collagen peptides regularly significantly affects the hydration and collagen density of the skin.

According to Naomi Whittel, CEO and founder of health and nutrition brand Reserveage, when you ingest collagen, the pool of essential amino acids available for the collagen-manufacturing cells in the body is increased.

The fibroblasts in the dermis are the one’s responsible for the production of collagen so increasing the pool of collagen in the body stimulates the production of collagen in the dermal layer.

Predictions

A lot of specialists are claiming that the ingestible collagen trend will be a huge beauty trend in no time since this supports the idea that a beautiful outward appearance starts by taking care of your insides. Its convenient procedure is only an added reason as to why this trend is steadily gaining popularity.

Other wellness and beauty brands are also doing some finishing touches on their collagen line before launching it in the market. Most of these brands derive collagen from marine resources such as fish scales.

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Eyeliner Tips for Every Woman

 

If there is one feature that you want to highlight, what would it be? It could be the lips, nose, chin, forehead or eyes. In this case, you want to emphasize your eyes. Eyes are the most expressive of them all so it is just right to highlight it. However, of them all, eyes prove to be difficult to groom.

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It is such a task that sometimes, Singaporean women do not consider it at all. There are others who consider it but they are always late for work. It is time that you know some tips to make things easier for you. Here are some tips worth considering when it comes to making your eyes beautiful than ever:

  • For longer lasting eye makeup: You want your eye makeup to last long, right? The first thing that you should do is line eyes using pencil liner then apply eye shadow with the same shade.
  • For complex liquid liners: The trick is to have a steady hand so putting liquid liners can be easy. However, if you have unsteady hands, you should first line the eyes with pencil liner. After lining it, trace it with your liquid liner. This is one neat trick.
  • For monolid: If your eyelids conceal your eyeliner, it is called monolid. This is not a problem because there is always something that you can do. Start by drawing arched line using pencil liner above the lash line thicker.
  • For instant defining of brows: It is important that you carry along with you a white liner. Yes, there is a white liner and it can be used to define or highlight eye lift. Using your white liner, line above and below your eyebrows and smudge it using your sponge brush.
  • For drawing straight line: It is sometimes a struggle to draw a straight line. This is natural but you can practice by drawing dots first and then finish by connecting them. Remember not to make dots too big.

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  • For ombre effect: Ombre refers to colors or tones that shade into each other. You can create an ombre effect by starting at the inner side of your eye with light eyeliner (like white). Then continue shading the outside corner of the eye with dark eyeliners then move at the middle but stop halfway. Look for a sponge brush and blend the inner and outer colors so it will overlap.
  • For that perfect cat-eye shape: Cat-eye should be mastered and perfected. It is not that hard contrary to what other people believe. To create that perfect cat-eye shape, make sure that you use a spoon. The handle will serve as your guide in drawing the angled line while the curve can help you with creating the shape.
  • For crumbly eyeliner: There will come a time that you eyeliner will have crumbles. Crumbles can mess up the rest of your makeup. Experts shared that to help the eyeliners with regaining its shape you have to freeze it for at least ten minutes before actually using it in your eyes.
  • For fixing smudges: It is normal to have smudges but what is normal is not being able to fix it. If you have smudged liner, consider a skin-colored liner. Draw the liner instead of wiping everything and starting all over again.

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How to Get More Luscious Lips

 

One common problem for women here in Singapore is chapped or dry lips. Most people may think that this is okay but for women it can be unattractive not to mention painful. Symptoms include redness, dryness, flaking, sore and tender and cracking. Chapped lips can be a symptom of an underlying illness like vitamin deficiency, dehydration ad allergic reaction.

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The good news here is that there are many products available in the market these days that can help us treat chapped lips. However, it can cost you. If you want to save money and can personally look into the treatments, here are some home remedies to restore the lip’s former glory:

  • Sugar: To treat chapped lips, the first thing that you should know is to exfoliate dead cells. Exfoliating it first can help restore its softness sooner. Sugar can be of great help. You only need two teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of honey. Mix it together and then apply the paste unto the lips. Let the paste sit there for few minutes. After few minutes, gently rub the mixture using fingers. This is done to loosen the present dead skin cells. After rubbing, you can wash it.
  • Rose petals: Do you have a rose garden or rose plant? It can be useful. Roses can moisturize the lips plus it can enhance the lip’s color. The first thing that you should do is to wash rose petals. Soak it in milk for hours and then mash until it becomes paste. The paste can now be applied on your dry lips. If it is not too much a bother, apply it for at least thrice a day and do not forget to apply before going to bed.
  • Castor oil: One good treatment is castor oil. This is the simplest thing since you do not need to make something out of it. You just need to apply the oil to your lips as often as you want.
  • Coconut oil: Like castor oil, you can apply it purely to your chapped or dry lips caused by cold or dry weather. If coconut oil is not available, olive oil will do.

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  • Milk cream: Milk cream contains high fat which is an excellent lip moisturizer. You only need to put the fresh milk cream directly unto your lips. It can also help the lip heal faster.
  • Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel is common for its healing qualities. Putting gel on the lips every day can relieve the pain and heal it. Yes, it has unpleasant taste but do not mind it. The healing quality is surely worth it.
  • Petroleum jelly: If you are too lazy to mix something, you can buy petroleum jelly and it is not that expensive either. It is one of the most effective items for treating dry lips. You only need to apply some several times a day.
  • Water: The most natural thing that you can do is to drink lots of water. Dehydration may be the reason that is causing your lips to dry. Keep your body well hydrated and you will not endure dry lips.
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Choosing the Best Paper Shredder for Home Use

 

Having kids and working from home is a recipe for disaster. You can expect disorganized clutter to be the house’s main theme and design. Most of the time you can expect to find some paper here, there and everywhere. A piece of colored drawing by the kids, some scratch papers lying on the floor, a draft misplaced paper on the couch, and maybe some stacks of paper you planned to organize last week.

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Put these all together and you know what I mean. That’s why it can be great to have a home shredder. You will not only safeguard your sanity by keeping your home clutter-free, but you will also get to be an environment-friendly Singaporean and protect yours and your family’s personal confidential information.

Here’s what to look for in a home shredder:

Choose the Type of Shredder for Your Desired Level of Security

There are different types of shredder that provide different levels of security so you should know which one is just right for you and your family. The three most common types of shredders are Stripped-Cut Shredders, Cross-Cut Shredders, and Micro-cut Shredders. They offer security levels from the least to the highest accordingly. Micro-cut Shredders are used in many Singaporean government offices and in big companies due to its high level of security. However, the mid-level Cross-Cut Shredder may already be good enough for you and your family.

Choose the Home Shredder with the Right Capacity

Check how much capacity the shredding machine claims. Most of the time the purported capacity is exaggerated – the real capacity is often only half as much! Is the home shredder good for only one person or is it good for up to five people? How much volume will you be shredding on a regular basis?

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Choose the Home Shredder with Safety Measures

This should probably be your number one priority if you’re living with kids or when you have pets at home. Kids can be so curious you’ll never know what they can think of doing next. On the other hand, pets can also be unfortunate victims of accidents as they move around unknowingly. So better get a home shredder with just the right safety measures – you never know!

Choose the Home Shredder with the Right Waste Removal

You’ll find that there are two styles of waste removal in home shredders. The first style is called the “drawer” style because, as the name suggests, you have to pull a drawer when you want to throw your paper waste into the trash bin. The second style is called “lift-off” because you’ll have to lift off the shredder which is on top of the trash bin if you want to throw your paper waste or empty the basket. The first style is what’s most recommended as it’s more convenient to use. You need only use one hand in pulling the drawer, throwing the waste, and even in emptying the trash bin. It’s also the one that causes the least mess while doing the work.

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Why You Should Travel to Cambodia

 

Singaporeans are considered to be one of the most frequent travelers in the world. The top places Singaporeans love to go to are Japan, Australia, and South Korea. These are developed countries so it’s not surprising why we are attracted to these places. Taking a different route, my friends and I traveled to a third world Southeast Asian country recently and found the experience just as rewarding. Cambodia doesn’t have any modern architectural triumphs like the Tokyo Tower, Sidney Harbor, and the Seoul Tower. It doesn’t have efficient transportation systems like the bullet trains. And it also doesn’t have four seasons. But despite what it lacks, it’s still worth going to Cambodia. I’ll give you top 3 reasons why.

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The Cambodian people

This third world country relies mainly on tourism for its economy. The people earn their living by selling books, souvenir items, and other memorabilia to tourists. Almost all Cambodians know how to speak elementary English. But it’s not just English. They also know a thing or two of other languages. That’s because they earn their living from the foreigners that they get to interact with everyday. For this reason, you’ll find that walking on the streets of Siem Reap will bring you an encounter with a smiling and friendly Cambodian. But they don’t come off as daunting, or someone who may be hiding a bad agenda. Most Cambodian kids will even tell you right away what they want – buy their product if they’re selling one or just you for a dollar. Your memories of Cambodia will be packed with Cambodian smiles and friendly faces.

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What history Cambodians have! You’ll have to spend a day or two at historic places such as The Killing Fields, S21, and museums. But make sure you visit on the first days of your visit. You wouldn’t want your last days in Cambodia to be depressing. I’ll warn you in advance that it will be emotionally heavy. But the reason you still need to go and take The Killing Fields and S21 tour is because of the story behind. History reveals a dark side of human nature that was a reality during Khmer Rouge. People need to be reminded of what happened so we can learn from history. The memory will also make everyone appreciate what Cambodia has now.

The Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the most iconic tourist destination in Cambodia. It also happens to be the largest religious monument ever built. Angkor Wat is actually just one of the temples you’ll find in Angkor. Angkor used to be an ancient city in the Khmer empire. Now it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Apart from the Angkor Wat temple, you’ll also get to explore other famous Angkor temples like Bayon and Ta-Prohm. Ta-Prohm is the “Tomb Raider” temple. Yep, this is where Angelina Jolie’s action movie was filmed. Give yourself a total of two days to explore all the temples. Catch your breath – you’ll do a lot of walking around. And because you’ll find the ancient structures breath-taking.20150517CAMBODIA-slide-U2FN-jumbo

The Functions of the Left Brain  

 

Our brains are a mystery. We wonder how that size can carry so much responsibility and possibilities. It was the Professor Roger Sperry from the University of California who revealed the functions of the left and right-side brain.

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He identified the following functions of the left-brain:

  • Seat of logic: The left brain is the base of analytical and logical thinking. It does not end there because it is also the seat of verbal skill and it is in-charge of formulating evocative languages. Now you know which part of the brain to improve.
  • Governs the right: It is the left brain that governs the right side of body including the field of vision.
  • Manages goals: The left brain is the “managerial mind”. This means that it is responsible for setting goals including plans and assessments.
  • Perceives time: It is the left brain that perceives and distinguishers time.
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Now that we know the functions of the left-brain, it is time to improve it. The most important function of the left brain is logical thinking and we should know how to use it to our own advantage. The left brain will work with verifiable information and that information has been scientifically confirmed. This information will then allow us to develop knowledge which is crucial in the creation of logical deductions.

We have to remember that the brain’s logical or scientific approach relies on the information that we perceive in the world around us. Because of logical thinking, Singapore has become progressive because of many inventions and innovations. However, there remains to be a challenge – in a fast-paced world, the information around us will be swiftly out-of-date.

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Indications of Hormonal Imbalance  

 

Women experience more pronounced changes when they reach 40s and 50s. Some women experience it as early as 30. This is the reason why hormonal imbalance is often associated with women and menopause. It is time that we know the indications of hormonal imbalance:

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  • Persistent weight gain: Putting on weight is lifestyle but it does not end there. Women who have underlying hormonal imbalance make it difficult to maintain healthy weight. The most common issue is emerging insulin resistance.
  • Loss of muscle mass: When the endocrine system is stressed, there will be underproduction of specific hormones and overproduction of cortisol. This will result to loss of muscle mass and increase belly fat.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue will make it hard to be productive. The feeling of sluggishness is not normal but for women with hormonal imbalance, fatigueless changes everything. The trick here is to stabilize blood sugar.

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  • Anxiety: They say that women with hormonal imbalance suffer from anxiety eventually leading to irritability and depression. Unfortunately, you do not need drugs for this. It is time that you notice the body’s changes and take actions before it will become serious.
  • Poor sleeping patterns: Insomnia is not a good thing especially if you feel fatigued all the time. Hormonal imbalance will affect your sleeping patterns and the stress will come instantly.
  • Sweating: Hot flashes and night sweat are common but when it wakes you up at night, it is a sign that something is wrong. When this happen, do not indulge in hormone replacement therapy.
  • Cravings: You ate more than you should have but still crave for something. This will surely lead you to weight gain. Reasons behind this include insulin resistance and adrenal fatigue.

For more information and details about hormonal change, there are many specialists here in Singapore.

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