3 Things That Are Filthier Than Toilets  

 

We want our child to live healthy and clean but there will come a time that they will encounter germs. Germs thrive in dirty places and it is inconspicuous to the naked eye. This is why germs are more dangerous than ever. How can we fight something that we do not see? Well, for starters, we should identify places that they thrive in and try to kill them.

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When we hear germs, we think of the toilet. It does not need any more explanation but we will be surprised that there are filthier places than our toilets. It is important that we identify places (aside from our toilets) where germs thrive so we can avoid if not eliminate it. This article will tell us where germs reside (well, aside from our toilets).

Here’s the list:

  • Smartphone: Smartphones or tablets became a personal item for every Singaporean. Not all people know that smartphones and tablets are filthier than toilets. This is horrifying to know because we spend most of our time holding our smartphones or tablets. In fact, there are times that we eat with our bare hands while holding our phones. Let this be our warning. We have to clean it regularly and avoid bringing it in the toilet.

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  • Keyboard: If we do not hold our smartphones, we hold the keyboard most of the time especially if our job requires it. We have to be wary because keyboards contain more germs than our toilet seat. According to experts, germs in keyboards can cause food poisoning. To keep our keyboards clean, we have to disinfect it before and after using it. We also have to avoid eating at our desk.
  • Kitchen sponge: Most mothers know this – kitchen sponge is dirtier than our toilet seat. This is alarming because we use sponges to clean our utensils and other eating implements. It is imperative that we microwave our sponges for a minute or two before using it.

Now that we know where germs reside, it is time that we do some actions for the health and safety of our kids at home. Our kids do not know where germs settle so we can start by orienting them where dirt reside and what it can cause to the body.

We can fight germs through our knowledge. The good thing is that there are many cleaning items and solutions available here in Singapore. We can grab this opportunity and live healthy and clean.13-toss-the-sponge

Highest-Paid Athletes in the World  

 

Athletes not only made millions of dollars doing the thing that they love most in the world but also inspiring other people to be the best. Many athletes proved that sport can be profitable too. If we are curious about the highest-paid athletes in the world, we have to stick for more information.

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Singaporeans love sports and for sure, we know some of the highest-paid athletes in the world. To satisfy our curiosity of the highest-paid athletes, let us consider the 2014 Forbes’ list. Forbes came up with the list based on the earnings of the athletes from their bonuses, salaries, endorsements, prize money and licensing. Here’s the list:

  • Floyd Mayweather: The undefeated boxing champion is the highest-paid athlete in the world with total earnings of $105 million.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: The forward of Real Madrid and the Captain of Portugal national team is the second highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $52 million and endorsements worth $28 million.
  • LeBron James: LeBron James is a professional basketball player and now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the third highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $72.3 million and endorsements worth $53 million.
  • Lionel Messi: Lionel Messi plays for the FC Barcelona, a Spanish club. He also plays for the Argentina national team. He is the fourth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $41.7 million and endorsements worth $23 million.
  • Kobe Bryant: Kobe Bryant is a professional basketball player and plays for the Los Angeles Laker. He is the fifth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $30.5 million and endorsements worth $31 million.
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  • Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods is a professional golf player. He is the sixth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $6.2 million and endorsements worth $55 million.
  • Roger Federer: Roger Federer is a professional tennis player. He is the seventh highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $4.2 million and endorsements worth $52 million.
  • Phil Mickelson: Phil Mickelson is a professional golf player. He is the eighth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $5.2 million and endorsements worth $48 million.
  • Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal is a professional tennis player. He is the ninth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $14.5 million and endorsements worth $30 million.
  • Matt Ryan: Matt Ryan is a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. He is the tenth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $42 million with endorsements worth $1.8 million.
  • Manny Pacquiao: Manny Pacquiao is a professional boxer. He is the eleventh highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $41 million and endorsements worth $800,000.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a striker of Saint-Germain, a French club. He also plays for the Swedish national team. He is the twelfth highest-paid athlete with salary/winnings worth $36.4 million and endorsements worth $4 million.
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4 Travel Traps That Will Put Your Relationship to a Test

They always say that travelling together with your man is a good way to see how strong and steady your relationship is. It will allow you to discover one another’s quirky habits and get to know each other on a much deeper level. But although it will reveal a lot of things about your partner, it might also lead to a serious conflict. If not careful enough, these four travel traps might turn your dream getaway into a nightmare and even put your relationship to a test.

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1. Running Late For Your Trip. If there is something that can ruin your mood during your trip, it would be tardiness. While it may not be your fault, running late for you airport check-ins, or any activity in your vacation may lead to quarrels and missed experiences that you could’ve both enjoyed.

To avoid this from happening, ensure that both of you can get to your agreed venue hours before your scheduled time. If the circumstances are just beyond your control, compensate because sure enough there are other fun things that you can enjoy during your trip.

2. Sudden Changes in the Itinerary. You’ve finally arrived at your destination and you can no longer contain your excitement for the tour you’d be joining, when it suddenly gets cancelled. This kind of changes are quite common in trips, especially if you’re going to engage in outdoor activities like hiking as this kind of activities rely on the weather.76388-640x360-national-gallery-couple-640

If this happens in your trip, consider it as an opportunity for you to do other things that you like. You can go and explore the area, or just cuddle up in your room. At least you’ve got enough time to unwind along with your significant other.

3. Failing to be Agree on the Same Thing. If his idea of enjoying your trip include activities like bungee jumping, while yours is relaxing in your hotel and reading some good book, then there’s a big chance that you’ll experience a bit of friction during your trip.

A good way to avoid this is to manage each other’s expectations of the trip and create an itinerary around those expectations. That way, you’ll have enough time to enjoy the activities that you like and have a happy and satisfying trip.

4. Getting Lost. While it can be a fun adventure to get lost in a new place, it could also become the root of your argument and conflict during the trip. Getting lost may not be much of a problem though, if you’re in a place with lots of people and cell site, but if you’re in a rural area, then you may need to put some extra effort to find your way home.

When this happens, don’t hesitate to ask for directions from the locals. You can also look for public places like restaurants and police stations to assist you. What’s important is that you stay together and extend your patience with each other. As much as possible, avoid finger-pointing because it won’t help in the situation that you’re in.lost-couple-traveling-honeymoon1

Ways to Deal with Three of the Most Difficult Types of Partners

Even if you’re the most patient person in the world, dealing with a difficult partner will still push you to your limits. Although it’s normal and healthy to fight in relationships, it’s still important to avoid the trouble before it even starts. So before you become too frustrated with your partner, here are three types of the most difficult partners that you can have, as well as the ways on how you can deal and improve your relationship with them.

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  1. The Jealous Type

Ever had a partner who seem to never trust you? Well, that’s how jealous partners work. This type of partner acts the way he does because they are highly insecure in a way that he himself can’t help. Some of them are even aware that most of their paranoia is irrational, but they still can’t help feeling the fear and insecurity. While it may sometimes feel like a question of trust, it’s actually not you they distrust but the people around you or the situation that you’re in. They fear that somebody out there is bound to steal you away from him.

The Fix: Although it’s easier to just bicker with a jealous partner, having proper communication is really the key to solve his trust issues. You can reassure him by arranging a dinner date where both of you and your guy friends can hang out together. That way, your guy and your friends can have actual conversations, and once he sees that your guy friend isn’t really the horrible person he thinks him to be, he’ll learn to ease up. This may take some time though, so just be patient with him.

  1. The Moody Type

While being moody is quite common in girls, there are still plenty of guys who get all too sensitive and broody in just a minute. Although this can be hard, since your moods tend to get intertwined with your partner, it’s important that you understand that they didn’t want to feel bad all of a sudden. When their mood strikes, they can’t do anything to fend off from it. Understand that more than you or anyone else, they themselves want the sadness to end.

The Fix: One good thing about moods is that they end just as inevitably and suddenly as they begin. While it’s quite common to want to help and cheer your partner up, doing so won’t help most of the time. Moods have no cause or fix – they just happen and end. It’s important that you remind him about this and to ensure that you’ll just be by his side until the sadness fades.

  1. The Addict Type

Almost everyone has a vice. They are good stress relievers and has already become a part of our everyday life. If you’re lucky enough, your partner may be addicted to baking you cookies and cupcakes but more often, we get partners who are smokers, or worse, porn addicts. This happens as it’s not impossible for you to fall in love with someone who has a vice that you don’t altogether agree with. Although you don’t want to be controlling, you still fear for your partner’s health and this makes you want to force a well-meant change into his life.smoke_man

The Fix: There are several ways as to how you can make your partner realize that have already become addicted on a particular vice. But regardless of the method you choose to use, it’s important that you do it out of love and not out of judgment. Once he realizes and admits the problem, all that’s left to do is to discipline him. Remember to not falter in this phase though, as your partner surely will.

Relationships are a two-way street, which is why both parties need to work toward finding common ground to make their relationship prosper. Instead of arguing about your partner’s traits and behaviour, learn to understand and care for him even more.upset-couple

5 Best Sites for Booking Flights Online

No trip begins without booking a flight and accommodation first, and with a lot of sites available today, booking everything can become a time-consuming process.  Luckily, we’ve listed down five of the best online sites that can help you with your travelling needs and allow you to book your travel like a pro.

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  1. Kayak

Just like with other booking sites, Kayak promises to be your single destination when it comes to airfare, hotel bookings, car rentals and even your vacation packages.  What’s unique about Kayak is that they dig through hundreds of booking and travel sites to provide you with the lowest possible price on travel. Their service is also quite simple to use. You just have to select what you need – flight, hotel stay or car rental – and input the dates of your trip. Once the results appear, you can just modify other available options from the sidebar, making booking a flight and hotel such an easy task.

  1. Hipmunk

Another similar site that helps you search for the lowest airfare, hotel bookings and car rentals is Hipmunk. Other than serving you the best prices there is, Hipmunk also offers a perk that you won’t be able to find elsewhere – the sorting of flights using an “agony” factor. Through this, you’ll have an idea as to what you might get for before booking a flight or a room, making it a lot easier for you to pick the flight or hotel that works for your budget and needs.

  1. Travelocity

Known as one of the pioneering websites for travel search, Travelocity also offers flight, hotel, car rental and package searches. But unlike other sites, Travelocity acts like a virtual travel agent that allows direct flight and hotel bookings so that you can secure your travel details with them. If there are some changes or problems with your booking, you can simply call them and they’ll gladly work on your concern.travelocity

  1. ITA Matrix

ITA Matrix is site perfect for travellers who love to tweak airfares, get extended layovers and book multi-city flights. The site directly searches on major airlines while allowing globetrotters to modify every aspect of their search. With ITA Matrix’s nature however, you’ll need to be a bit knowledgeable about how booking airfare works. By knowing the sales city options and sales currency, you can already use ITA Matrix to travel the world at cheap prices.

  1. SkyScanner

If you love travelling but don’t have enough time to master ITA Matrix, then SkyScanner is for you. The travel booking site will show you a month and even a year overview of flight airfares between two cities. Aside from that, SkyScanner also has a mobile app that you can use to book trips on-the-go. It has a globe view with the prices from your departure location hovering around the map, providing an inspiration for your next destination.

With these online travel sites, travelling around the globe already became easier. So, what are you waiting for? Start satisfying your wanderlust now in just a few mouse clicks.skyscanner-new2

Aviation History’s Darkest Moments  

 

We just want to travel as fast as we can to maximize our time that is why we consider traveling via airplane. Travelling via airplane is a marvellous experience; nothing beats the view from above, right? However, these days, many Singaporeans are increasingly poignant because of plane accidents.

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Aviation history is at its darkest now. Every day, more and more people are afraid of boarding because of the accidents. What were these accidents? Here are some accounts:

  • October 16, 2013: Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashed into Mekong River killing forty four passengers and five crew members.
  • November 17, 2013: Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashed while they are attempting to land. It killed fifty people.
  • March 8, 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a mystery. The Boeing skipped radar and vanished with their two hundred twenty seven passengers and twelve crew members. Due to this event, Civil Aviation Organization is now implanting tracking every fifteen minutes.

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  • July 17, 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by Russian insurgents in Ukraine which killed two hundred eighty three passengers and fifteen crew members.
  • December 28, 2014: Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed somewhere in Borneo killing one hundred fifty passengers and seven crew members.
  • February 4, 2015: TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed in Taiwan killing forty two passengers and crew members.
  • March 24, 2015: Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in French Alps killing one hundred forty four passengers and six crew members.

Despite the events, we should not be afraid because the aviation industry is doing its best to be better. Travelling inside or outside of Singapore should be fun not full of horror.ap_indonesia_plane_crash_jt_130413_wmain

Beat the Bloat: 6 Bad Habits You Need to Stop Doing to Avoid Belly Bloat  

 

Food plays a vital role in our life as it provides the needed nutrients of the body. However, eating the wrong way and the wrong kind of food can cause some consequences, including uncomfortable stomach bloat. If you’ve ever experienced feeling heavy and bloated after a meal, it’s probably because of these eating habits you need to stop doing now.

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  1. Sipping Through a Straw

Belly bloats are usually caused by taking in too much air. While drinking through a straw saves your teeth from stains, doing so also lets you swallow more air especially if you use one too often. The solution: use straw only when badly needed.

  1. Eating Too Fast

No matter how delicious that steak is, be sure to chew it nice and slow to avoid feeling bloated afterwards. Chewing is the first step to food digestion and taking your time to grind your food well prevents air pockets from building up in your belly.

  1. Too Much Soda

You see that tiny bubbles in your soda? That’s the reason why you’re bloated up. And before you convert to a diet-soda fan, know that the ‘diet” ones make you bloat even more because of artificial sweeteners, which can’t be digested.

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  1. Chewing Gum

Same with drinking through a straw, chewing gum makes you swallow more air. If your gum is a sugar-free one, expect more bloating. According to researches, sugar-free versions are worse as they contain xylitol and sorbitol, which are bacteria-fermented ingredients and can cause belly bloat—double trouble!

  1. Eating Fatty Foods

While there are good fats, such as the polysaturated and monosaturated fats found in olives and nuts; there are also bad fats, such as transfat and saturated fat found in red meat and standard dairy products. However, consuming any type of fat can slow down digestion, giving you a heavy bloated feeling.

  1. Taking Less Water During Workout

Not hydrating yourself while exercising can cause bloating, and worse dehydration. While working out, you sweat; thus losing body water. Continuous activity without regular sips will drain the vital organs, particularly the liver and the kidneys, which can result to tummy pain and gas.

Belly bloat is a health condition that isn’t too serious. However, feeling bloated throughout the day can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable and can cause unproductiveness at work. By knowing what food and eating habits to avoid, there should be lesser chances for bloating to happen.

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Tips for Dealing with Post-Baby Body

There are a few physical challenges that mommies deal with after childbirth. While much of your time is spent loving and taking care of your little bundle of joy, you also have to deal with the changes of your body and get back to your original state. Here are some tips to help you get through the common body changes.

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  1. Squeeze Before You Sneeze

With your little baby having put all sorts of pressure on your pelvic floor and bladder for nine months, a sneeze, giggle, or cough can cause a little leakage soon after giving birth. While this is just normal for the most of moms, it can be a problem and for the most of us embarrassing. To prevent this from happening, squeeze your pelvic floor once you feel like a sneeze or cough is about to happen. This somehow blocks the bladder and prevents leakage from happening.

  1. Dress Accordingly

Most women get problematic abdominal sizes after pregnancy. To deal with this postpartum side effect, wear empire style tops. An empire top accentuates the skinniest part of your body, which is right under the bust, and flows away from the rest of your tummy area. This is a popular style today, so you won’t feel or look like you’re still in maternity wear.Dropshipping-Women-Newest-Sleeveless-Empire-Waist-Dot-Contrast-Color-Wear-to-Work-Elegant-Cut-Dresses-With

  1. Ice Your Breasts

The first weeks of being a mom will feel like most of your time revolves around feeding your little one. One side effect of this is engorged breasts that almost always feel full. They will be bigger than your normal size and most of the time more sensitive. Instead of having to express milk right away to empty it, try relieving them with a cold pack or cabbage leaves, which is said to reduce irritations and engorgement.

  1. Adjust Your Beauty Routine

Throughout the pregnancy stage, you would be accustomed to the changes in your skin and hair’s condition, all thanks to the unstable hormones. These changes may continue postpartum: you’ll experience hair fall in handfuls for up to six months and your skin may become super sensitive to sunlight. Any stretch marks will eventually fade as long as it’s treated well.

In the months following your childbirth, the best you can do is to embrace these natural body changes and feel good about your postpartum figure.  Be patient and realize that your body needs enough time to get into its former shape and regain its reliable functions.image002

How to Locate a Good Plastic Surgeon in Singapore

It’s certain that most of us would want to find a well-qualified surgeon to perform our surgical procedure. However, it is not that easy to look for a surgeon that would fit all our qualifications. So to help you with your search, here are some ways that you can do so that you can already start looking in some aesthetic clinic for the best plastic surgeon in Singapore:

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1. Identify the procedure that you want to undergo to. One good way to search for the best surgeon for your procedure is to specifically know as to what kind of nose fillers you really want to go through. This can help in eliminating and creating a finer list of surgeons that can perform your surgical procedure since finding the best plastic surgeon would depend on the kind of surgery that you need.

2. Create a list of local plastic surgeons in Singapore. You can easily look for the surgeon that you’re looking for by simply creating or compiling a list of the surgeons in your area in Singapore. You can use phonebooks, listings in the newspaper and the internet to look for the surgeon that you need. Looking into these listings usually state the field of expertise of the surgeon to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

3. Make inquiries about your prospective surgeon. If you have already found a prospective nose fillers surgeon for your procedure, it would be best to do some research about some information such as her educational background and experience in the field of doing plastic surgery. Also, ask questions about your surgeon’s medical school, residency and trainings since it is said that an overly-qualified surgeon must have completed either his plastic surgery residency or dedicated plastic surgery fellowship.

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4. Check some internet forums. Most cities in Singapore actually have local blogs and forums which allows patients to talk about and share their experiences with some plastic surgeons and aesthetic clinic. You can use the information that you will get in these sites to make a decision whether or not your prospective surgeon like is qualified to perform your surgical procedure. Aside from that, the information found in the forums can also be a good source to provide you the information that you need regarding his field of expertise.

5. Ask for a friend’s recommendation. One good way to determine if the nose fillers surgeon is qualified enough in performing the procedure is by asking other people like your friends or acquaintances that have undergone the same procedure as yours. Clinics like Astique the nose fillers expert in Singapore are well known for certain procedures. By doing this, you can also get insights about their experience with certain surgeons.

6. Check on the surgeon’s availability and schedule. Plastic surgeons that are really good are said to have their schedules already filled a couple of months in advance. So, if you learn that your prospective surgeon can immediately see you after a few days of setting an appointment then you should already start to become cautious with the surgeon. It’s also not a good idea to go with a plastic surgeon that’s too busy to meet all of the needs of his patients. The most reasonable amount of time to wait to get an appointment with your chosen surgeon would be two months.

Looking for a really good surgeon would not be easy but with these ways to guide and help you, your search will definitely become a lot easier.

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Skincare Tips to Follow as Early As Your 20s  

Being beautiful and young is awesome, but we know that good looks won’t last forever. Which is why it is crucial that we take good care of our skin as early as our 20s to keep it looking healthy even later on in life. Start taking proper care of your youthful, radiant skin, and maintaining its glow for the years to come using these tips.

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  1. Get Good Sun Protection

If you’re aware of the facts of the common skincare myths, then you should also know that using sunscreen every day is extremely important. Incorporating beauty products in your regimen is now made easier as most moisturizers and day creams are already set in a broad spectrum protection. The next time you purchase a face cream in your favourite beauty shop in Singapore, grab the one that has SPF 30 in it.

  1. Monitor Your Diet

Sweets are really perfect comfort foods, but this is the time when you’d want to think twice first before indulging on these foods. There are a lot of healthy and delicious foods that you can eat as snacks, such as almonds and cashew nuts, and some fresh fruits. These foods will not just keep you full throughout the day, they’re also food both for your body and skin. Start maintaining a healthy lifestyle now, and ditch those weight-gaining sweets.

  1. Use Age-Appropriate Skincare Products

If you’re planning on using some good anti-aging products as early as now, then you’re on the right track. But it’s also important that you look for products that is appropriate for your age, as those made for mature skin contain a lot of active ingredients that’s still not needed by your skin. Use products that contain glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to help you prevent acne and keep your skin healthy without being harsh.

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  1. Have Enough Sleep

Anyone who’s telling you that you don’t to a normal eight-hour sleep is wrong. You might have more energy compared to older adults, but it’s quite easy to get caught up in such a busy lifestyle. And not getting enough sleep in that kind of lifestyle won’t just cause dark circles under your eyes but acne as well. Lack of sleep can cause your adrenal glands to be over-productive during the day, leading to more oil production, clogged pores, and finally, breakouts.

  1. Visit A Dermatologist

Regularly visiting your trusted Singapore dermatologist is also a good thing to do, especially if you have any skin concerns. They will closely look into your skin’s condition, and give you advices and product recommendations that you wouldn’t otherwise get.

Taking care of your skin at an early age is a good way to keep it healthy and younger-looking as years go by. So follow these tips, and start maintaining your skin’s natural glow, since there’s no better time to take proper care of your skin than now.Sammons26

Avoiding Mascara Mishaps  

Whether you’re combatting a rather serious spider lashes, or struggling with smudges, there’s a right solution for each of your mascara problem. Here are some tips from the seasoned Singapore makeup artists as to how you can deal with a common mascara problem to get picture-perfect lashes.

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  1. Smudged Mascara

If you’re born with long lashes, then there’s no way for you to avoid cases of mascara smudges. But you can easily remove those annoying black blots from your eyelids and beneath your eyes. Professional Singapore makeup artists suggests waiting for the mascara smudges to completely dry out first, then take a dry wand and gently brush it to avoid ruining your eye shadow. For bottom smudges, lightly clean it up using a cotton swab. Also, use a waterproof under eye concealer to prevent instances of smudging.

  1. Mascara Clumps

This is something that we get to experience every now and then, but there’s actually a better way to deal with this situation that plucking those clumps out. As your lashes gets clumpy, clean your mascara wand using a paper towel and comb out the unwanted clumps with a clean wand. Don’t forget to remove any excess formula on the wand prior to application to avoid such problems to begin with.

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  1. Spidery Eyelashes

Using an old mascara tube can be the culprit for getting spider lashes. Applying too many coats is another reason why you’re getting spidery eyelashes. Remember that in applying mascara, two coats would be the maximum. If you’ve got a spider lash, then freshen up your wand with drop of water and put it back in the tube. Your mascara formula is now thin enough to pick and fix your spidery lashes.

  1. Mascara Dots

Save yourself from the annoying mascara dots and marks over and under your eyes using a lash guard. Another tried-and-tested method is to dust a little black eye shadow on your lashes after putting on your mascara. This will absorb the moisture of from the fresh coats of your mascara, preventing any mascara blots.

By simply following these quick fixes, getting those lavish lashes can now be done easily and you won’t need to worry on throwing your tube away even if it’s still halfway empty.mascara-2

Save Your BACK: Preventing Workplace Injuries

We work in different industries here in Singapore and in every industry, there entails workplace hazard. With that, it is important that we know what we are up against so we can rise above it. If we do not know the level of hazard we are putting ourselves into, we are putting our lives on the line.

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Regardless of what industry we belong to here in Singapore, we use our backs all the time to get things done. Others ignore their backs because they find it insignificant. There are also others that it is okay to sustain workplace injury because the company will pay. This kind of thinking will lead us to injuries. It is high time that we give our backs the importance it deserves because injuries are imminent.

Here are some things that you can do to save your back:

  • B: Be sure to plan the lift. When we are about to lift something, it is imperative that we plan and organize things so when we will walk that path, we will not encounter anything. The best thing that we should do is clear the path of any obstruction no matter how irrelevant we think it is.
  • A: Assess if the load is heavy. Sometimes, when we try to carry something, we just lift it without thinking of its weight. If it is too heavy and we think we can do it, we do not ask for help and just push through. That is not recommended. It will not do us harm if we ask for help. If the load is too heavy, we need to ask for help or assistance.

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  • C: Carry the load close to the body. Notice that when we carry something, we keep it as far to our body as possible. That is not correct because there is the tendency that our back might get hurt especially if we twist whilst lifting.
  • K: Keep your back straight. We have to be reminded that when lifting, we should use our leg muscles not our back when lifting. When it is already lifted, we have to make sure that our back is straight. Slouching might tense our back and in the long run it will hurt.

If we do not consider our backs, we will surely suffer the repercussions in time. Working in a safe environment is ideal but accidents happen. In fact, even if you are in an office environment, you are prone to injuries. Let this be our guide to prevent the simplest injuries.

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Choosing a Good Property Management Company

Real estate management isn’t an easy task to do, especially if you’re not experienced enough in handling the things that has something to do with managing real estate properties. This is the time where you’ll need the help of property management companies in supervising your property. But how do you find a good property management company in Singapore?
To help you with that, here are some tips that can serve as your guide if you’re looking for a good property management company to manage your real estate business:

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1. Ask for recommendations. In searching for a good company to manage your business, go for those who are highly recommended by their customers. If you happen to know a landlord, try asking him or her about the company that helped them as a managing agent of their property. Take note of the remarks that the landlord gives you; if you noticed any great remarks about the company then you might already have found your potential property management company.

In case you don’t know any landlords in your area, you can go to company that you are eyeing and ask them for references of the customers that they worked with. Ask them to provide you with at least 2-3 recommendations of landlords.

2. Check the company’s customer service. Before choosing a property management company that will supervise your property, first try checking out the kind of service that they can possibly offer to you. You can do this by reading websites that have comprehensive estate info for property management in Singapore like estateinfo or testing them through inquiring about the kind of business that they do and see if they can respond to your inquiries in a acceptable period of time. A good property management company would immediately respond within the 24 hours of your inquiry but if they failed to do so, then they might not be worth spending your time and money with.

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3. Evaluate the business process that they use. One benefit that you will get when you use a property management company to supervise your real estate business is their capability to generate high quality renters. As a managing agent, you should check how your chosen company executes the processes used in a rental property such as the rental collection procedure and their maintenance process. If you notice that the company provides inconsistent service then it may become difficult for you to receive high quality results and services too.

4. Know the history of the company. One important thing to note of the Singapore company that you’re planning to work with would be their history. Go with companies that have been in their field of business for quite some time already since they tend to have a better understanding about renters due to their experiences. Going with companies that have really good recommendations is also a good choice to help you manage your assets.

You need to be critical when it comes to choosing property management companies to go with since you are going to give them the authority to manage and develop your property. Going by the tips listed above to find your ideal company can be a good idea but it would be better if you also set up your own standards since you’re the only one who knows what would be best for you and your business.

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Things You Need to Know about Thaipusam

Singapore already celebrated Thaipusam last February 2, 2015. It was hard not to notice the celebration because there are roads and lanes closed for the said event. In fact, many people celebrated Thaipusam but there are others who are not familiar about it. It is crucial that we know the importance of Thaipusam because it is part of our culture and tradition.

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Thaipusam is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus. It is usually celebrated by Tamils during the full moon of Tamil month (usually January or February). Aside from Singapore, Thaipusam is also celebrated by other countries where there is a strong presence of Tamil community like India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Mauritius.

Here are other facts that you need to know about Thaipusam:

  • Origin of the name: The word Thaipusam is the combination of two names – Thai and Pusam. Thai is the name of the month and Pusam is the name of the star. This star is particularly at its highest during the festival.
  • Commemoration: Thaipusam is here for reason. It is not just a festival to celebrate good things. It commemorates Murugan’s conquering the demon Soorapadman. Murugan defeated Soorapadman with the help of Parvati’s “vel” or spear. Other people think that Thaipusam is the celebration of Murugan’s birthday.
  • Preparations: Forty eight hours before the Thaipusam celebration, the devotees will cleanse themselves through fasting and prayer. The festival also entails Kavadi – a physical burden. Kavadi may come in different forms. In its simplest form, Kavadi may be a form of carrying a pot of milk.

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In its extreme form, a devotee can choose to mortify the flesh like piercing the tongue, skin, cheeks and other body parts. The Kavadi bearers only eat Satvik food and observe celibacy. On the day of the celebration, devotees need to shave heads and walk along a route to engage in different acts of devotion.

  • Celebration in Singapore: Here, devotees start the procession at Sri Srivinasa Perumal Temple early. The devotees carry milk pots and Kavadis pierced in their bodies. The devotee should endure four kilometres of procession.

The procession will finish at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. A day before the Thaipusam, devotees should carry Lord Sri Thendayuthapani in a procession to Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple. This is called Chetty Pussam.

Now we know more about this celebration. This also means that we understand it deeper. So, next year when we come across the procession, we know its significance and revere it.

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Locksmith Tricks and Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Locksmiths perform various important services to safeguard not just your property but your well-being as well. Your locksmith in your local area in Singapore should be your partner in keeping you and your household safe from burglars and intruders. With their handy tools, your locksmith will be able to help you when you experience being locked out from your home and car. So to keep you from wondering as to how these people actually keep your house safe from burglary incidents, here are some of the tricks that your local Singapore locksmith recommends that you do.

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Avoid doing the old and obvious tricks

Hiding the spare key under a welcome mat or in a flower pot is probably one of the oldest and most obvious security trick that most homeowners do even up to now. Obviously, most locksmith don’t advice that you continue doing this cheap, old tricks since it won’t really help in keeping your home safe.

But if you still want to continue practicing this trick, despite it not being advisable, do try to hide your key in a flower pot that’s placed together with other flower pots. Also, try burying it a soft soil or tape it in a hidden branch so that it won’t be easily seen in case someone would attempt to look through your flower pots. A doghouse would also be a good hiding place for you key. With your dog guarding it, no one will definitely dare to check that place out. To simply put it, the bottom line of this tip is for you to not hide your key in obvious places where it can be easily found.

Opt for quality locks

Since it’s your household’s safety we’re talking about, getting quality locks for your home would absolutely be the best decision. If you happen to get a 24 hours fast locksmith services in Singapore do ask them about the best brands, models and types of lock sets to go by. More often than not, cheap lock sets will just bring forth more security problems instead of reducing and preventing it. Don’t hesitate to spend a couple of bucks and invest on some quality lock brands like Abloy and Yale.

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Go with deadbolts

Aside from getting the usual home locks, it would also be a good idea to install deadbolts to your homes to add an extra layer of protection. In fact, it’s recommended by most locksmiths because they know all too well how difficult it is to knockdown a door that’s been locked using a deadbolt. Aside from that, it’s also impossible to force open a door that has a deadbolt unless you’re going to use a ramming or cutting equipment.

Even with the low crime rate in Singapore, it would still pay to install a deadbolt lock in your home for added security. However, do have your deadbolts installed and checked by a reliable locksmith Singapore. Also, if your doors are close to a window, use a double cylinder lock deadbolt instead of the usual. Bolts that can be turned using a thumb can be easily manipulated once someone breaks through your window and reaches in.

Get new keys for your new place

If you just moved to a new house, condominium unit or apartment in Singapore, expect that there is a chance that there will be duplicate key for the main door. To keep yourself and your place safer, call your local locksmith and have them install new sets of locks in your place. Doing this will absolutely make you feel more secured and confident that no one will be able to open your doors except you.

Having a secured home is important especially if you’re already at the point of your life where you’re starting to build your own family. Because even if the crime rates in Singapore are quite low, it would still pay to be always vigilant. So, with this set of tricks and tips to go by and with the help of your trusted locksmith, you can now feel safer and be at ease every time you go to sleep at night.

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