Mar 31

6 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

 

Every day is different—you can’t expect the same level of mental agility every single day.  Sometimes your brain is wide open, and ideas seem just to overflow. Other times, you feel stuck in a state of mind that gets you nowhere.

Whenever you’re struggling to sustain the intensity of your creativity, just remember to keep a positive mindset and heed these advices to allow your brain to adapt and get those creative ideas coming.

  1. Go for a Walk

There is nothing like a going out for a relaxing walk on a beautiful day. Bathing in natural light and listening to the sounds of the surroundings helps a lot in clearing your mind. Ditch the earphones and let the natural sounds in.

  1. Break Out of Your Routine

Sometimes, we find ourselves stuck when it’s time to broaden our horizon. Oftentimes, we feel so comfortable with the norm that we lose the creative spark we once had when we first experience something. Shake things a bit by doing something different, like finding new sites to explore, trying a new hobby or even as simple as checking out a new store to buy an outfit. Who knows, you might discover something more interest that will get you going in a new direction.

  1. Avoid Pressuring Yourself

Pressure can kill creativity. It’s even worse when you pressure yourself to do well. The process of making creative ideas is at its best when you’re having fun doing it. So instead of pushing yourself to make every work a masterpiece, relax and have fun, and just allow the creative process unfold. You’ll be surprised that the quality of work is much better when you’re enjoying the experience.

  1. Quit Being Logical

The part of the brain responsible for generating creative ideas is not the same as the part responsible for reasoning. Inspiration and creativity is not logical. Most people have easier time accessing the creative part of the brain when in a relaxed state, engaged in some mindless task or just casually sharing ideas with someone.

  1. Get Moving

You feel better physically and mentally after working out. This is because your body releases endorphins, making you feel better. When you feel positive inside out, this opens up your mind to receiving new inspiration, resulting in more creative ideas.

  1. Spare Some Time for Brain Games

Brain games stimulate intellectual action and force it to solve problems by looking at them in diverse angles. It encourages the mind to try different approaches, which will eventually serve as inspirations for more creative ideas in the future.

If you want our creative juices to flow freely, you will have to unclog some ‘pipes’ and create more for creativity to grow. These six things may not be ideal for some, but they’ll surely free up some space in your head for your creative side to start running again.

Mar 28

Ditch the Cleanser! Switch to Micellar Water

 

There is washing your face with water and cleanser and there’s cleansing the face with micellar water. Although this sounds like a trendy French item, it actually is a simple and straightforward beauty product that’s mild to use on a daily basis for removing your make-up. Here are the reasons why your favourite Youtube beauty gurus and skincare experts highly recommend this product.

  1. It’s not just a cleanser

Chances are the facial cleansers you’re using as of the moment require rinsing with soap and water. Miscellar water, on the other hand, don’t require rinsing. Yup, you heard it right. Simply moisten a cotton pad with the product, use it to wipe away make-up on your face and you’re good to go.

  1. It cuts your routine in half

When you’re travelling, using miscellar water can cut your skincare routine down to just one step, without depriving your skin of the attention it needs to maintain its glow. Moreover, when you’re in a long-haul flight, you’d be sceptical to wash your face with the lavatory water. Your safest and quickest solution? Cleanse your face with miscellar water.

  1. It’s ideal for sensitive skin

Since this product was primarily created as a substitute to UK’s harsh tap water, it’s an ideal product for people with sensitive skin. Its gentle ingredients surely won’t wreck havoc to your skin. These products are free of fragrance, alcohol, soap, and other chemicals that are too harsh and can cause irritation and inflammation.

  1. It can be used to correct make-up mishaps

Every girl knows the struggle of perfecting a cat eye. If your hand is too shaky or your lines aren’t even, moisten a Q-tip with miscellar water and use it to correct and clean up the edges for a sleek flick.

  1. It’s a gentler substitute for face wipes

Face wipes are staple bedside skincare products. Whenever we’re tempted to just clean up the face in one swipe, we automatically reach for the face wipes. However, they are often saturated with alcohol and drying chemicals. Miscellar water is a gentler alternative to your traditional face wipes. It can easily remove your make-up without being too harsh on the skin. If you can’t let go of face wipes, look for one in miscellar variant.

Whether you’re looking for more skin-friendly beauty stuff or just a lazy gal looking for a multi-tasking beauty product, miscellar water is a skincare item that deserves a special place in your vanity. With its gentle formulation and ease of use, you know you’ll never go wrong with this product.

Mar 05

8 Habits of Happy Couples

 

Every couple has their own unique way of strengthening their relationship. Each person involved in a relationship needs to invest in time and effort in order to build a strong and positive relationship. Here are some noteworthy must-do habits that every happy couple should remember.

  1. Say “Good Morning” and “Have a nice day” every day

Nothing beats the feeling of being loved by your partner and he/she gets to show it every morning. It’s nice to say these statements early every day in order for the both of you to start your days happy and right.

  1. Check on your partner during the day

You can call or text your during the day and check on them. You can ask how their day is going or have they eaten their lunch yet. Try to be extra sweet and send a few smooches or hugs through your messages. This is also a nice way to know if they are feeling down or happy so that you’d know what mood to expect when you go home.

  1. Hold hands, hug and kiss your partner from time to time

Don’t be afraid to be intimate with your loved one. As much as possible, show them you love and care for them through hugs and kisses. It’s always comforting to know that you’re partner still thinks you’re adorable and values your presence.

  1. Say goodnight and go to bed at the same time

Even if how busy you are, make sure that by the end of the day both of you will go to sleep at the same time. This will help develop your connection more.

  1. Say “I love you” as often as possible

Never fail to say “I love you” to your significant other as much as possible. Don’t just say it out of habit but make them feel that you appreciate them and that you sincerely feel the same way.

  1. Go on dates

It’s important that to become happier with your relationship, you should go on dates as frequent as you can. This could help spice up your relationship and could potentially deepen your romantic connection and commitment with each other.

  1. Establish your trust and loyalty with each other

Even when you just started your relationship, you must have established a strong foundation through trust and loyalty. It is significant that both of you trust each other with your decisions and at the same time you stay loyal and strong because you know how to forgive when there may be disagreements.

  1. Encourage each other’s goals

You have to support each other’s goals and aspirations in order to help build a great relationship. Each of you should serve as inspiration to make both of your lives better and happier.

Mar 02

Things Women Often Talk About That Turn Men Off

 

Every woman wants to find Mr. Right. To find him, efforts are needed to be done like going out on dates, having actual real conversations and getting to know each other moments. With that, we also need to be careful with what we share and say because there are some guys, like the respectable and eligible bachelors in Singapore, who are actually listening and would know whether you are also the right girl for them. In order to save yourself from embarrassment and heartbreak of becoming a turnoff, you should note the following mood killers to avoid in conversations.

  1. Gossip

If you do not want to appear shallow and judgmental then you should avoid initiating or sharing gossip to your date or possible boyfie. It could really be a turnoff if he hears you enjoying spreading rumors about other people that you should not be meddling about.

  1. Material things

When talking with men, it is not really advisable to talk about all the material things you own. Some would take it against you and would think of you as materialistic or a showoff which could lose their interest in you. Men find it more attractive if you talk about things that both of you might have in common, may it be material or a hobby. Just don’t share too much on material things or shopping not unless he likes to talk about such topics.

  1. Insecurities

It is better that you do not second-guess yourself all the time. Most men like confident women. Show them that you do not need reassurance all the time and that you have a high self-esteem and that you love yourself enough. Insecure girls are always clingy and needy which are basically big turnoffs for guys.

  1. Biases

Sometimes we do not notice harsh comments and racist statements that we say and this could kill our chances to finding true love. Being disrespectful and racist to other races can make you offensive and mean. You wouldn’t want to be known as the girl who constantly makes racist remarks, right? As much as possible, think before you share your thoughts on sensitive topics like racism, etc.

  1. Negativity

Who would want to have a partner who constantly speaks negatively? You should avoid talking about problems or negative remarks all the time. You should raise the spirit and bring happiness to conversations and not the other way around.

  1. Critical comments

If a guy hears you making fun of other people, it could potentially end his feelings for you not unless he’s a jerk and enjoys hearing those things. But with decent and great guys, it is better that you refrain yourself from being such a bully and as much as possible show come compassion and kindness. Don’t make yourself look small by putting others down. Kindness is always sexier and attractive than being insensitive and mean.

Jan 30

Lessons to Learn from the Law of Attraction

 

The concept of law of attraction is pretty simple, you attract or bring in to your life what you think and believe the most. So, if you’re thinking more of negative thoughts then you will get more of it in the future and same is true for the positive ones. This is a new thought based upon Philosophy that claims you attract some sort of energy. Moreover, the said concept received many skeptical comments and write-ups due to its lack of testability about how one’s thought can actually affect the circumstances outside his head. Despite the opposing claims, many have adapted its possibility in the hopes of getting a better life.

While Law of Attraction’s magic is still under discussion, here are few lessons we can draw from it that might be of help in our respective lives:

Clear and proper alignment

When the things you want out of life are clear to you and in turn, feel positive about it, your actions will be directed towards these goals and aspirations, thus, there is proper alignment or mutual agreement between your thoughts and actions. For example, if you are targeting to get higher sales for a promotion (your motivation is clear here—to be promoted) and you feel hyped just about thinking it, you will become driven to develop new marketing strategies that will back you up in approaching your clients.

Positive thinking generate happy feelings

Nobody enjoys the feeling of depression and bad stress for the rest of their lives. When you think about positive things or thoughts that please you, it never fails to bring out joy, happiness, hope and excitement. As a result, you feel good about yourself, your job, family and friends and you see the good in almost everything. Physiologically, your body releases happy hormones or feel-good chemicals when you feel great.

Gratefulness bring more appreciation

One of the concepts taught by Law of Attraction is to list down the things that you “currently” have and feel thankful for it. This action helps you see the glass half full instead of half empty, meaning to say, instead of focusing on the things that you do not have, you shift your attention and energy to what you possess. In turn, you will realize that no matter what your situation is, there is still something good about it and it’s not that bad after all.

You stop your limiting beliefs

Sometimes, the only person who is stopping you from achieving what you want in life is you. With your thoughts suggesting self-disbelief and underestimation of strengths, you doom yourself inside a world where you cannot maximize your full potential. When you reconsider the cliché of “everything is possible, just put your mind and heart into it” idea, you begin to re-evaluate yourself, the next steps you can take on—little by little until you get to what you want to become.

Jan 24

Unusual Behavioral Addictions

 

Behavioral addictions generally refer to non-drug related obsessions. In a sense, substance and behavioral addictions are very similar; the person never ceases to engage in the same behavior with high intensity despite the dire consequences.

Work Addiction

It describes a person’s obsession when it comes to work to the point that outside interests, social involvements, relationships and personal health are compromised. There is a thin line between work addiction and just working too much. Often times, a simple hardworking person sees their job as a fulfilling obligation and necessary but work addicts cannot afford not to work. Their minds continue to be preoccupied and wander about job-related problems/issues.

According to research, work addiction is rooted from childhood and family background. They became products of a thinking that nothing is good enough or perfection is the key to success. The problem is, perfection is unachievable, regardless of age and economic status.

Food Addiction

It is preoccupancy about anything that has something to do with food—from ingredients, preparations to meals. Eating too much despite dire consequences to one’s health or cutting back on food intake is similar to the description of drug dependence. The drive to consume food is very intense that it overpowers the motivation to observe self-control which is alike to the compulsion of what drug addicts experience in resisting the substance.

However, weight problem is not equated to food addiction, although obesity is affecting people all over the world, including Singapore where 1 out of 9 people are affected. In a nutshell, the difference lies on the intensity of cravings and power to control.

Shopping Addiction

Shopping addiction has similar characteristics to alcoholism, overeating and gambling. It is excessive, out of control and gives a sort of high or rush just like a substance addict. In most cases, persons with this addiction like to shop till they drop and feel literally better in doing so, an ordinary person would feel worse in spending too much as it has financial fire backs. Shopping addicts normally have a bunch of stuff or possessions never been used and still have price tags.

Internet Addiction

It is an obsession or overuse of internet to the point of losing time with loved ones and lack of sleep. Although internet addiction is not yet formally recognized as a disorder, therapists and rehab centers are facilitating treatment procedures to affected persons using the same approach to cure chemical-related addictions.

Nov 27

How to Improve Your Online Shopping Experience

 

The holidays are coming and what better way to purchase unique gifts for your loved ones than shopping online. To help you, we’ve listed down some tips and tricks on how you can get the most out of your online shopping purchases this gifting season.

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  1. Practise Couponing

Using coupons won’t make you look cheap, it’ll make you appear as a smart shopper. So be sure to check for discount coupons before making any purchases online.  Most online shops offer discounts as a part of their marketing strategy, and they often post these vouchers on their websites, blogs and social media accounts. Another trick to easily find online shop coupons is to install a plugin called Honey in your browser. This plugin automatically searches for vouchers for any product, and applies the biggest discount available during your checkout.

  1. Compare Product Prices

Aside from using coupons, learning how to compare product prices will also help you get the most out of your online shopping purchases. You can do this by simply listing down a good number of websites and the prices for a particular item, and contacting a specific seller to see if they’ll be able to match the lowest available price of the product. If that specific seller really wants your money, then there’s a good chance that they’ll give you a good discount on the product.onlineshopping5

  1. Opt for Refurbished Items

Unlike what most of us believe, refurbished products actually have better quality than non-refurbished items. The reason behind this is because refurbished items have undergone thorough inspections and quality assurance more than the non-refurbished ones before being placed in the market again. So the next time you purchase some gift items, particularly gadgets, be sure to take a look at the refurbished section first.

  1. Purchase From New and Smaller Shops

Although purchasing gift items from well-known online shops has its own advantages, do try looking out for smaller but trustworthy shops. Their listings will likely be cheaper and their customer service support will likely be more direct, personalized and responsive compared to those of bigger and more popular shops. You might even find some unique items that most popular online stores don’t have.

Making the most out of your online shopping experience is actually easy. All you’ve got to do is put the aforementioned tips to work, conduct multiple checks before checking out your cart, and avoid shying away from good discounts. With this, you’ll definitely turn from a rookie shopper to one smart online shopping expert.

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Nov 25

Audio Visual Tips to Organize a Successful Event

When it comes to determining the audio visual needs of an event, there is so much more to think about than just figuring out how much money should be allocated for lights, themes, vision and sound. To be sure that you are getting your money’s worth from your event’s audio visual design, sufficient knowledge about the capabilities of the equipment and your AV equipment rental company is essential. To help you, we listed down some audio visual tips that will aid you in organizing a successful event.

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1. Ask the Right Questions

Inquiring about the technical details of their products is an excellent way of getting a sense of competence and confidence from an AV rental company. Ask questions about whether or not their sound system is capable of delivering loud and exciting music when needed, or what kind of lighting fixtures do they use for events like yours. Just remember that you are asking these questions to both get specific details and to see how knowledgeable they are in terms of providing services to events similar as yours. Doing this will help you easily determine whether or not you are in good hands.

2. Get Multiple Quotes

It’s surprising how most event planners get second or third quotes for flights and hotel bookings, but fail to do so when it comes to his or her event suppliers AV equipment providers. Just like in airlines and hotels, there’s nothing wrong with asking several companies in Singapore to bid on your event. Just be fair to those companies by telling them that you are getting multiple bids and informing them when they can expect a decision from you.

3. Look for Creativity in Your Provider

When looking for an AV equipment provider, most of us traditionally seek for price, reliability and service. While these are all good measures of a quality audio visual company, an audio visual equipment rental in Singapore creativity in terms of his product offering should also be considered if you want to truly do justice to your event. Advancements in the event lighting and projection technology is now used to determine whether or not an audio visual company is capable of providing a good level of service.

To ensure peace of mind when choosing an AV equipment rental company, inquire about their history of providing services to events similar to yours. Ask for some work samples that is similar in scope to your event or your chosen venue to get an idea as to how their equipment and services can enhance your event.

4. Set and Share Your Event Vision

Setting a clear vision of the aesthetic tone and feel of your event is crucial at the pre-production stage. Create a storyboard of your event, discuss images and themes with your key staff and AV team. Also, don’t limit your creative ideas for your event just to match the types of services that your audio visual company can provide. Remember that a good AV equipment and PA system rental company should be able to take on any creative ideas and bring them to life.

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5. Request AV Needs in Advance

Get quotes from different audio visual rental companies or work with the venue staff in advance to ensure that they are aware of everything you need for the day of the event. Some event venues in Singapore provide personnel assistance to help their clients in setting up all the necessary equipment. If your chosen venue doesn’t provide such support, opt to hire an AV technician to help you set up and operate the equipment throughout your event.

6. Hire an Audio Visual Technician

Most AV rental companies in Singapore provide equipment testing as part of their service – but sometimes, it’s not enough. You may have been briefed on how to operate the equipment you rented, but that doesn’t give an assurance that you will be able to handle any technical issues or problems that might arise during the course of your event. This is why it’s best to hire an audio visual tech for your event so he can handle the operations and troubleshooting of the equipment. Most technicians typically require a four-hour minimum charge, so take advantage of their skills and let them control the technical aspect of your event.

7. Give Importance to the Sound Equipment for Your Event

Aside from the lightings and projectors, you should also give importance to the sound system that will be used for your event. Some of the important things to look for is the equipment’s coverage capacity of your event in producing crystal-clear speech and music material. If you are going to use cinematic sound effects or high-energy music, ensure that the system can replicate the full range of the material. Also, consider having at least two subwoofers in place to maximize the impact of any bass lines or low-end effects.

8. Go Digital

As you share the vision of your event to your AV and PA system rental company, inquire about any methods that you can use to digitally enhance your affair. Are they capable of providing AV equipment and custom-built set designs to transform your venues conference hall into a space for a gala dinner? Find out what design and creative support your provider offers, as well as whether or not their in-house designers have the skills to implement and deliver any concept your imagination conjures.

Hiring a good audio visual company and getting the right AV equipment are key factors in determining whether or not your event will be successful. So make sure that you put these tips to work the next time you organize an event to ensure that your affair becomes a big hit and to get your money’s worth.

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Nov 24

Hair Hacks for Wavy-Haired Girls

Growing up with curly or wavy hair can be difficult. Perhaps you envied your friends who were blessed with naturally straight hair, and tried almost every styling method just to make your strands as straight as theirs. However, all the abuse you’ve done on your naturally-textured tresses will leave it looking damaged later on. To keep that from happening, we listed down some fool-proof hair hacks that will surely make your natural waves and curls look amazing.

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  1. Hydrate Your Curls

Any type of hair feels and looks better when it’s well-hydrated. One way of doing it is to use moisturizing conditioner after shampooing your locks. If you want, you can also treat your strands to some deep conditioning session once or twice a week, depending on how damaged your tresses are. If you don’t have that much time to let your hair soak in masks, however, then applying hair serums and oils can also be a good choice.

  1. Ditch Your Hairbrush

Running a brush through curly or wavy hair only leads to one thing: hair frizz. So instead of brushing your strands post-shower, do it before and during baths. Allowing water to run through your hair will also help in binding the strands back together, causing lesser frizz once dried.

  1. Plop-Dry Your Strands

Rubbing your tresses with a towel after drying is another sure-fire way of getting frizzy strands. To avoid this, simply squeeze the excess water out of your locks and “plop” dry it instead. Plopping will help preserve the natural curls of your hair, making it look less messy.

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  1. Avoid Touching Your Hair

Resist the urge to run your fingers through your hair as you let it dry, since the natural oils from your hands will likely transfer onto your locks and weigh it down. Trust us, it’ll be worth it when your hair dries in its untouched glory.

  1. Don Your Favourite Up-Do

If all else fails to work, get a reliable hairstyle ready as your plan B. We all have our fair share of bad hair days, which is why you shouldn’t punish your strands by overusing a hairstyling tool. Instead, pull your hair up in a messy bun, and put some feminine flair to it by wearing side braids or using cute hair accessories.

Caring for curly or wavy hair isn’t always a walk in the park, but by following these tips, you’ll definitely be able to properly care for your strands and enjoy the beauty it adds to your appearance.

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Nov 03

The EONIQ Experience

 

You love mechanical watches. You dream of a customized one but it is kind of expensive. The good news is that there are affordable but quality custom mechanical watches that you can consider. Ever heard of EONIQ? EONIQ prides in creating beautiful customizable timepieces that can give life to your stories.

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EONIQ uses quality components like the Citizen movements as well as sapphire crystals to craft  and assemble the most unique watch in the world. With the components, the watches are brought together by hand in Hong Kong. Here are some things that you need to know about EONIQ:

Where to order?

You have the power to design your watch online. You do not need to be physically present in Hong Kong just to order it. You just need to visit EONIQ’s website and go to their watch design application. Designing is not that difficult. In fact, children from 10 years old can easily navigate through the application. There, you will see templates. You should first select watch parts then pick your design, upload it and put your name on it.

How long does it take to build it?

Every watch is handmade. This means that a single watchmaker devotes his/her time for the completion of that unique timepiece. If you think that you can get it right away, think twice. Time pieces like these will take time. EONIQ needs five weeks to assemble and complete the watch.silver_case

What are the sizes of the watches?

The size of the watch will depend on the series. For example, the “Pinot Noir” series are 38mm and 42. The 38mm is preferably for ladies. Another is the “Merlot” series with only 41mm available.

Can it be used when swimming?

The good news is that most of the watches feature 3ATM water resistance. This means that the watches are rain or splash resistant however if you use it for water sports, it will be destroyed. Remember that these watches are not designed to withstand shock during exercise or water activities so it is better to take it off.

Are mechanical watches accurate?

Watches used have different machinery and movement.  The accuracy depends on that. There are different levels of accuracy for the series. For instance, the “Pinot Noir” is not more than forty seconds accurate per day. As for the “Merlot” series, it is not more than forty five seconds accurate per day.

Upon knowing that there are affordable but quality custom mechanical watches, Singaporeans were elated. This can be your watch or the watch of your loved ones. For more details, you can visit EONIQ’s website.       eoniq7

Oct 31

5 Ways to Shed Your Belly Fat

 

Belly fat, medically called visceral fat, is the excess fat seen on our expanded waistlines. We acquire it through age and if we are too stubborn or lazy to shed it off our bodies, then we will have those forever in our midsection. Both men and women share the same sentiments, especially if they have accumulated a lot of belly fat. In order to say goodbye to your belly fat for good, here are ways that people in Singapore suggest you should follow:

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  1. Try CrossFit or Interval Training. Break a sweat and enroll yourself in a CrossFit group or to an interval training program. These types of workout programs require short, intense bursts of exercise that are then followed by short rest periods. Different exercises are usually given, particularly in circuit training. The more intensely you exercise, the more calories you burn. Commit yourself in doing these and you most certainly will eliminate your belly fat.

 

  1. Drink in moderation. Too much alcohol intake will inflate your waistline. Beers are the most common alcoholic drink that causes your tummy to expand which is why there is a popular term called “beer belly”. As much as possible, limit drinking too much beer and also other alcoholic drinks into one or two servings only.

 

  1. Keep your cool and get enough sleep. Our body releases a hormone called cortisol that encourages our body to store belly fat when we are stressed out or when we lack sleep. You need to keep your cool, improve your sleeping schedule, and find ways on how to relax yourself in order to avoid these hormones from doing their work.

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  1. Drink green tea. To shrink your belly fat, drink green tea more often. There are thousands of studies published that explain how green tea helps in weight loss and on how effective it is in burning and shedding your belly fat. So instead of drinking your favorite caffeinated drinks, switch to a healthier and more effective drink like green tea.

 

  1. Adjust to a healthy diet. A healthy diet can always help get rid of belly fat. Limit your intake of unhealthy food like sodas (yes, even the “diet” kind), junk foods and fast foods. Instead, eat the freshest fruits and vegetables you can get and cook food with the right ingredients. Change your lifestyle into a healthier one and you will forever say goodbye to those unwanted extra tummy fats like you’ve always dreamed of.

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Oct 19

How to Pick a Driving Lessons Institution in Singapore

 

Learning how to drive is exciting, but taking driving lessons Singapore based is a lot more fun. Also, learning from a driving school Singapore that has the best experiences in teaching and in driving will be a lot more helpful in your learning process.  However, with the number of driving schools that have come up now, choosing one that will help you earn that license is easy but at the same time, confusing.  Easy, because there are so many options. You can simply visit a driving school, enroll, and start your lessons right away. Confusing because, it’s hard to pick which among these schools are the best.

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If you are still confused as to what driving school to choose, this post is going to help you. In here, you’ll find out some of factors that you must consider in choosing an institution where you could get good and cheap driving lessons Singapore. This can help lessen the time in choosing as you can easily assess whether they can cater to your needs by looking for these things.

Lesson Schedule

Most people, especially those who are already working, don’t really have control over their own schedule. This is due to the fact that they mostly work from 9am to 6pm every day. If you’re part of this majority, surely, your free time doesn’t fall under the regular business hours.  Good thing there are driving lessons Singapore institutions that offer schedule fit for the lifestyle of working professionals.

Instructors’ Qualifications

Of course, you would want nothing but to learn from the best instructor around, right? By enrolling in a good driving school Singapore institution, you are one step closer to earning your driver’s license. Why? Because they have professionals who don’t just have the credentials to back up their competence, but also the passion to teach. The instructor should be patient enough to teach even the most difficult student while still keeping a smile on their face.

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Car Type

When it comes to learning how to drive, you always have the option to study either a manual transmission or an automatic transmission car. There are three notable differences between the two. A manual transmission car has a clutch that is used to unlock the other gears in order for the car to run. A manual transmission also has a gear shift which allows the driver to manually shift gears themselves.

Lastly, in a manual transmission car, the driver does almost all the work in order for the car to run smoothly, while in an automatic transmission car, the driver need not exert a lot of effort. You, as the student, have the freedom to choose what type of car you want to learn driving. Rest assured, though, that whatever you choose, the driving school providing your cheap driving lessons Singapore has the right car for you.

Driving lessons Singapore institutions can help you become a professional driver and earn you a license in no time. Provided that you get the best training from the best institution, learning to drive would be an easy and fun experience to go through.

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Oct 14

Featuring EllySage: Online Shopping Store in SG

 

Nowadays, a lot of people don’t have any time to go shopping-maybe it’s caused by their jam-packed work schedule or back to back events. That’s the reason why increasingly more individuals buy dresses online. In case you’re a woman who likes to shop but won’t get the time, Internet-based shopping will be your friend. Internet-based shopping has quite a lot to offer you; and in this article, you’ll get a few of the advantages it brings.

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  1. It is more convenient

Whether you have regular or irregular working hours, buying on the Internet will likely be far more convenient for you. All it requires is to select a trusted online store just like Ellysage; explore their website, choose a dress, place your order and pay thru your desired mode of payment. It’s uncomplicated. With online purchasing, you don’t need to go out and keep up with the people.

Additionally, you do not have to wait in line only to pay for your order. With only a few clicks, you could buy dresses online without the need of departing the convenience of your own house. Online shops also mostly provide different types of outfits; thus, you won’t need to jump from one store to another only to find what you’re seeking. Additionally, if you have any spare time, you can use it to bond with your relatives and buddies compared to braving the sea of crowd at the shopping mall.

  1. It offers better selling prices and rate comparison is quicker to do

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Internet-based stores just like Ellysage are offering several kinds of dresses at a lesser cost. This might be basically because they do not need to lease a shop and pay different bills merely to showcase their collection. With Internet shopping, you could also simply assess the prices of the several products. You do not need strolling “back and forth” or carry them all in your hands, as what you do in actual shops, just so you could assess its costs and find out what type fits your budget. If you search an online store, you can just click at an item, open a different tab for another, and contrast their costs effortlessly.

  1. It offers a lot more of variety

Actual outlets often have only some styles of clothes. This may be because of their limited space or room or they do not have that much to provide. With online buying stores, conversely, they can include a wider selection of clothes because they do not need to be limited to the space of their store and the like. It is also simpler to find out if the item has already been sold-out. With physical retailers, they still need to check their inventory and stocks which will take a while.

The market demand for online shopping is very high nowadays and it’s really reasonable why. Shopping, at Internet-based shops presents numerous advantages that shopping at physical shops can’t offer. Simply be reminded, nevertheless, that when intending to buy dresses online, be sure that the shop you are going to buy from is a dependable one, such as Ellysage. Make sure to check their track record well just before trusting them.

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Sep 23

A Guide to Getting Tested for HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that causes AIDS. Because of the ways the disease is spread – and since there’s presently no cure for AIDS – most people fear being diagnosed with it. But while there’s still no cured developed to treat the disease, it’s still possible to live a rather productive life with HIV. So if you ever suspect that you’ve acquired it, take the initiative to get tested for it.

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Who Should Undergo an HIV Screening Test

1. See if You Have Any HIV Symptoms

If you experience flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but haven’t been exposed to the influenza virus, then there’s a greater chance that you have HIV. Health expert recommend immediately seeing a doctor to if you suspect that you have HIV symptoms. Getting tested is crucial since not everyone infected with the disease exhibits its symptoms. In fact, some people may already be infected with the disease but no symptoms will show even after several years of exposure.

2. Examine Behaviours That Exposed You HIV

Apart from acquiring HIV from an infected person, certain behaviours also increases one’s risk of getting the disease. People who share needles with other users, or had unprotected sex with multiple partners are at a greater risk. Also at risk are individuals treated for or diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases like tuberculosis and hepatitis.

HIV can’t be transmitted just by being around someone who’s diagnosed with it, nor can you get it from the person’s saliva, sweat and tears. Insect bites and donating blood don’t also transmit HIV, since the needle used for the latter aren’t reused.

3. Get Tested if You’re Planning to Have a Baby

Medications are now available to prevent pregnant women from passing the HIV virus to their baby. However, these drugs will only be used if your physician confirms your diagnosis of the disease. So if you’re planning to get pregnant, or have put yourself at risk of the disease, consider visiting a HIV tests clinic in Singapore for a check up first to ensure everything is safe.

How to Get Tested

1. Visit an HIV Testing Site

Most of these special clinics run on a confidential basis, meaning they offer an anonymous HIV test to their patients to preserve the person’s anonymity and keep their test results confidential. Some clinics give tests on an appointment basis, while some allows patients to simply drop in. These clinics collect information about the patient’s sexual activity and orientation, ethnicity, and drug use prior to the test. Other than that, they also offer counselling before and after the screening test. Some of the tests performed at these clinics are as follows:

• Blood Sample Test – Used to search for presence of HIV antibodies in the bloodstream. It usually takes one to two weeks to process the results for this test.
• Saliva Sampling Test – Samples are taken from inside the cheeks and gums. The result of this test also takes about a week or two to process.
• Urine Test – Unlike the first two tests, the result of a urine test for HIV detection tend to be less accurate.
• Rapid Sample Test – In this test, blood is taken from the finger and is processed for 20 to 30 minutes. Patients who undergo this test may receive less counselling than with the other forms of HIV screening test.

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After undergoing a particular test, make sure to confirm its result by undergoing a follow-up test using the same bodily fluid that was sampled for the first test. Also, if you tested negative within three months of possible exposure, ensure to get tested again after three months to rule out the possibility that your first test simply missed the presence of the virus.

2. Get Tested at a Doctor’s Office or a Regular Clinic

You may not be as likely to get tested anonymously in this setting, but you’ll have more flexibility in scheduling an appointment and not having to wait long hours just to be tested. In addition to the tests mentioned on the previous step, your doctor may also administer an RNA test on you to detect the virus itself. Typically, antibodies won’t show up in detectable quantities two to eight weeks after infection. But with an RNA test, your physician will be able to detect it within nine to 11 days after exposure to the virus.

3. Use a Home Testing Kit

Unlike the previous tests, a home testing test involves prickling your own finger using a provided device and putting a few blood drops on a treated card to be mailed to your chosen clinic in Singapore. Anyone undergoing this test is provided with an identification number to protect their identity. Counsellors will also be available by the phone as you wait for your results.

While home tests are accurate enough, health experts still suggest taking follow-up tests to verify the results. This is especially recommended if you receive a positive test result.

How to Manage a Positive Test Result

1. Notify Your Partner. If you ever got a positive result on your HIV testing, then it’s best to notify your partner about it and have him or her undergo the same test. Through this, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your partner while keeping the virus from spreading.

2. Consult an Experienced Doctor. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, ensure that you consult a doctor who specializes in treating HIV. By doing this, you’ll get the best assistance and treatment options available for your condition.

3. Get Screened for Other Infectious Diseases. Acquiring HIV makes you more vulnerable to other infectious diseases, so ensure that you also get tested for hepatitis, tuberculosis, and other sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis.

4. Practise Safe Sex. Using condoms during sex one of the best ways to protect yourself against the virus. Latex condoms, in particular, are said to be highly effective in preventing HIV transmission when used correctly and consistently. To prevent it from breaking during intercourse, try using some lubricant.

5. Get Retested Regularly. Health experts in Singapore recommend that individuals who practise behaviours that put them at greater risk of acquiring HIV get tested once or twice a year. With this, you’ll be able to monitor your chances of getting the disease, as well as protect yourself from developing it.

Getting tested for HIV is crucial to keep yourself from acquiring the disease. So ensure that you keep these details in mind to protect not just yourself from the virus, but your loved ones as well.

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Sep 10

Photography Lesson: Choosing the Right Background

 

Before you hire a photo studio, it’s a good idea to be aware of the importance of your background. The background is one of the most important aspects of photo shooting. To get the best possible photo, you’ll need a background that’s neither too dull nor too cluttered. If the background is dull, the entire photo may seem dull. But if the background is too busy, it may take attention away from the image itself.  You’re supposed to be the star of the photo shoot. The background is just there to complement your photo.

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Using Proper Lighting

The background will need to be properly lighted. Modern photography equipment can help adjust the lighting. By adjusting the lighting of the background, the subject can either be brought into or out of focus. There are three main types of lighting that are very popular among photographers. These are:

  • Graduated – The subject of the photo shoot will stand in front of a curved background with the source of light coming from above. The goal is to make the top of the background appear lighter than the bottom.

 

  • Dropped Out – The subject will stand on a clear platform with the source of light coming from below the platform. A white background or a solid colored one works best here. The goal here is to make it seem like the subject is suspended above the ground.

 

  • Even lighting – Here, the entire photo is evenly lighted. Neither the subject nor the background is overexposed.

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Choosing the Background Color

You’ll want a background color that will complement your looks and that will fit the style of photo you’re looking for. There’s no right or wrong answer as to what color you should use. In the end, it depends on the need of your photo. Different colors are known to provide different reactions or emotions from the audience. For example, the color blue may signify calmness and intelligence.

Using Plain Black Background

A black background may make the subject seem more sophisticated. Red is usually assorted with love or aggression. If you’re unsure which background color to use, one of the simplest guides is to get a color based on your gender. Dark colors like brown and black work well on male subjects because they show strength. Lighter shades which reflect tenderness are better for females. Of course you’ll need to take other things into consideration like skin color, eye color, or the subject’s clothes.

If these tips fail, there’s no need to worry. Modern technology can fix a lot of things and that includes your photo background. If your photo doesn’t turn out as expected, the photo studio can edit it using software. As you can see above, choosing the right background is not as simple as it may seem. Proper equipment is important as if knowing the effects of lighting. This is why you may choose to hire photo studio instead of having your photos taken outside.

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