Singapore: Jobs for Journalism Graduates

There are many challenging opportunities an individual can get after completing course in journalism. Most of the jobs are in the field of writing. However, they can be newscasters, radio announcers and advertising specialist. They can also be proofreaders, reporter and more. Here are some organizations that you might belong once you have finished a degree or at least earn subjects in Journalism:


  • Newspaper agencies – Here, your primary task is to write articles which are related to entertainment, sports, agriculture, foreign and local news, technologies and many more. You may also become an editor-in-chief, copy reader and reporter in this organization.
  • Magazine Companies – Your job here will be the same as a worker on newspaper agencies. However, your main work here is to research deeply to produce factual feature stories.


    • Business Press – Normally, you can see here business articles and is a little bit complicated. On the other hand, aside from being a business in this particular firm, you can also be a researcher and a staff for promotions.
    • Advertising agencies- Here, you can be public relations personnel. Also, you can lead promotion projects and account executives.
    • Radio and TV networks – Today, there is really a big need for writers in these organizations. These include gags or comedy writers, jingle writers, scriptwriters for radio drama and TV series. Aside from being writer, they can also be a researcher and editor for a particular sitcom or TV series.academics1


Top International Meeting Countries

It is not every day that international meetings happen in a specific country. Here in Singapore, holding international meetings is not new. In fact, the Singapore Tourism happily revealed that for seven consecutive years, the city is considered to be the Top International Meeting City. As if it is not enough, Singapore is also considered as the Top International Meeting Country for three consecutive years.


What does this tell us? This tells us that Singapore passed the criteria stipulated by Union of International Associations (UIA). One of the criteria is that meetings should be supported by international organizations. For your information, UIA is mandated by the United Nations. Headquarter is in Brussels, Belgium. It was founded by Henri La Fontaine (a Nobel Peace Prize laureate) and Paul Otlet.

If you want to know other countries that are included in UIA’s 2012 list of Top International meeting countries, you can refer to the list provided below:


  • Japan: In Japan, there were about seven hundred thirty one international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Japan’s percentage of all meetings is 7.3%.
  • USA: In USA, there were about six hundred fifty eight international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. USA’s percentage of all meetings is 6.6%.
  • Belgium: In Belgium, there were about five hundred ninety seven international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Belgium’s percentage of all meetings is 6%.
  • Republic of Korea: In Korea, there were about five hundred sixty three international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Korea’s percentage of all meetings is 5.6%.
  • France: In France, there were about four hundred ninety four international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. France’s percentage of all meetings is 4.9%.
  • Austria:  In Austria, there were about four hundred fifty eight international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Austria’s percentage of all meetings is 4.6%.
  • Spain: In Spain, there were about four hundred forty nine international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Spain’s percentage of all meetings is 4.5%.
  • Germany: In Germany, there were about three hundred seventy three international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Germany’s percentage of all meetings is 3.7%.
  • Australia: In Australia, there were about two hundred eighty seven international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. Australia’s percentage of all meetings is 2.9%.

Singapore is the trusted venue for international meetings. In Singapore, there were nine hundred fifty two international meetings conducted by the end of 2012. The country’s percentage of all meetings is 9.5%. We should keep it that way and continue to be number one for the years to come.


Getting to Know the Gramofon

For Singaporeans who do not want to spend hundreds of dollars for high-tech stereos, there is a new system that seeks to impress. The product is called Gramofon. Gramofon is manufactured by a Spanish Wi-Fi operator, Fon. It is part Wi-Fi router and music streamer. This is indeed the first of its kind.


Many people are excited because they can play music from any service (like Spotify, Hype Machine, Beats Music and Rhapsody). The best thing about this is that your friends can connect to your network. If you want to know more, here are some details:

  • Technical specifications of Gramofon: The specs of Gramofon includes 3.14 by 3.14 by 1.65 inches in width, WiFi is at 802.11 b/g/n with Qualcomm Atheros AR341. It also features WPS, Bridge, AP/Hotspot is mode supported. The package includes 3.5mm audio cable and 5V/1A charger.
  • How it works: Getting this thing work is not a daunting task. You only need to connect your Gramofon to your present sound system or any speakers you want. The next thing that you should do is connect Gramofon to the internet through the Ethernet. It does not end there for you can connect your smartphones (Android or iPhone) to the WiFi signal. If you receive any messages, the music will not be interrupted.


  • Connecting to Gramofon: As mentioned earlier, you can use your present speakers or amplifiers (as long as it has an audio jack) to play music but you cannot connect your speakers wirelessly. You need that 3.5mm audio jack provided upon purchase.
  • Downloading an app: You should know that using Gramofon would require you to download an application. Gramofon can be controlled by downloading Gramofon’s application. If you have Spotify app, that would do just fine.
  • Friends and Gromofon: Your friends can connect to your Gramofon by choosing the WiFi signal emitted from your device. They only need to see GramofonWiFi. They simply need to launch a browser and they will land on the login page. In logging in, they only need to use their Fon, Facebook or Google credentials. If they are your friends on Facebook or Google, they can access the Gramofon automatically.

Gramofon is not yet available here in Singapore though. The company is planning to launch Gramofon next month. This is worth the wait. This will entirely change how you stream your music. Remember that Gramofon is not a sound system. There are no speakers included. The Gramofon’s job is to only enable your present sound system to play online music.


How to Maintain a Beautiful and Healthy Hair

The hair is every person’s crowning glory. The state of the hair can add or subtract beauty to its beholder. Because of this, no matter how long or short one’s hair is, or no matter how curly, straight or wavy one’s hair is—it is something that needs attention and care.


To maintain a healthy hair, one must regularly wash and clean it using shampoo and hair conditioner. It is a healthy habit to wash the hair three to four times a week and having breaks in between for the hair to rejuvenate its natural oils. Massaging the scalp where the roots of the hair are in is also a good practice in making the hair healthy.

After making sure that you have a clean hair, picking the right brush for your hair is the next step. There are particular brushes for every type of hair. If you have a wavy and curly hair, it is better to use wide toothed combs or brushes. Meanwhile, if you have a straight hair, it is better to have narrow tooth combs to make sure that all the strands of the hair are combed.


Internal efforts like taking in foods which are good for the hair will surly help in making the hair healthy. Fish oil like those coming from tuna, mackerel and those fish with high omega3 fatty acids are all prescribed. Eating lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables are also beneficial for the hair.


Home Remedies on Relieving Acne

One of the worse skin problems one can suffer is acne. Acne is a worse case of pimple. It is much bigger than ordinary pimples, and it can produce pus because it is infected by bacteria. What makes acne worse is that they appear in the face, at the back or sometimes, in other parts of the skin. Outbreak may also occur in particular times. Nonetheless, acne remedies can be easily done at home, so management of it is also easy.


Start by making sure that your face is always clean. Bacteria propagate in dirty and oily skin. Wash your face at least thrice a day with cold water. Cold water will help in closing the pores of the skin which secretes oil and which can also be a passageway of dirt. Aside from this, you can also squeeze lemon on the rising water you are using. Lemons are known to have antibacterial capacity which will help in reducing bacteria production in your skin.


At night before you sleep, apply honey in your face especially to the acne itself. Honey will help in reducing the inflammation of the acne as well as in the fast healing of open wounds created by acne. Baking soda and peppermint combination are also effective. Baking soda has antibacterial capacity; more than this, baking soda is very neutral making irritations less possible. The peppermint extract or fresh peppermint leaves can be placed on the acne. The coolness these leaves will produce will help ease acne irritation.


Perspire More by Eating the Chilli Crab of Singapore

Looking for hot recipes that will make you sweat? Chili crab in Singapore is perfect for you! With its mouth-watering and delectable taste, it’ll surely satisfy your chili cravings. At the heart of Singapore, there are a lot of restaurants, food stalls and other food establishments that serves different variety of foods.


When it comes to seafood, some of the best places to visit include the Long Beach Seafood, No Signboard Seafood Restaurant and the Jumbo Seafood. Also, exceptional seafood locations are found at the Palm Beach Seafood which is located at One Fullerton, Long Beach Seafood that is situated in Dempsey and the Singapore Seafood Republic at the famous Sentosa Resorts World.

Chili crab is specially made for people who love a hot recipe. However, it is not only for chili lovers but also for ordinary food lovers. It is a food that is made up of a sweet, sumptuous and aromatic sauce – chili as the base. Tomato sauces are also added to surprise your appetite and satisfy your chili food craving.


What’s more interesting about this dish is that its sauce is also added with garlic and vinegar that is properly mixed to the flour. In a simple procedure, flour must be thickened so that it will achieve a chili taste and a fluffy texture. To add extra kick, you can pair it with some toasted buns or locally known as mantouo. Dip it into its sauce and it will leave you a spicy taste that you may or may not regret.



The Best Carrot Cake in Town

Carrot cakes are one of the favorite dishes of vegetarians. In fact, it has been made as a substitute for ordinary cakes. Since many people today are consuming sweets, vegetarians make it as an alternative. In Singapore, many individuals love to taste this appetizing dessert. Carrot cake, which we locally call chai tow kueh, is one of the oldest food made in the country. Aside from the carrot as its main ingredient, it also consists of rice flour (steamed and in cubes), as well as white radish for an attractive texture.


This old-fashioned recipe, popularized by the Teochews, also has fried egg on it and topped with onions. It is served in black or white in color. Typically, a white carrot cake is only a plain serving while a black-colored carrot cake is mixed with a sweet black sauce. Therefore is it a great meal for those who are craving with sweets. In the city, there are a lot of restaurants that serves carrot cake.


This includes the Makansutra Gluttons Bay that can be found near the Newton Food Centre and Esplanade Theatre, Hai Tien Lo restaurant – serving fried carrot cake that is usually made from fresh radish, preserved sausage and shrimp – and many restaurants. Since the preparation of carrot cake is very simple for some individuals, many people find the preparation of the cake daunting. In reality, this sweet can be easily done especially if you are dedicated to prepare it.



Flowers in Full Bloom

Flowers give us a sense of happiness when we see it. The recent dry spell here in Singapore halted the blooming of flowers but the rain showered the land with blessings. People now see the beauty of flowers surrounding Singapore. It is indeed a nice sight to marvel. Flowers should be considered because of its beauty.


Many people here in Singapore wish that they can have a garden but that takes a lot of space. If you want to witness the beauty of flowers, you should go to parks and other nature reserves. The good news is that you can easily marvel over flowers in full bloom this season because they are just around the corner. There are variety of trees (including other plants) that you can consider. Here are some flowers and trees in full bloom now:

  • The Trumpet Tree: Trumpet trees belong to the Bignoniaceae family. Its common name is roble. Trumpet trees can grow up to 25 metres. It is broad and pointed. It is called trumpet tree because of its trumpet-shaped blossoms. The blossoms can either be pink or white. Trumpet trees are found in North Buona Vista Road and Robertson Quay.
  • Golden Penda: Golden Penda belongs to the Myrtaceae family. It is a popular plant that shows off its yellow blooms. Golden Penda can grow up to 15 metres. It is famous for its golden-coloured blossoms. Golden Pendas are found along Braddell Road.
  • Golden Shower Tree: Golden shower trees belong to the Fabaceae family. Golden shower tree is famous because it can either be an ornamental plant or herbal medicine. Golden shower tree can grow up to 20 metres. Golden shower trees are found in Geylang and Guilemard Road.  243817_2146687513266_5879112_o
  • Flame Tree: Flame trees belong to Fabaceaa family. It can grow up to 25 metres. The flowers are yellow. Flame tree is an ornamental tree and its wood can be used for cabinet-making and other furniture. Flame trees are found in Commonwealth Avenue West, Kallang Road and Jurong West Street.
  • Cat Claw Ivy: Cat Claw Ivy belongs to Bignoniaceae family. It can grow up to 25 feet. It is a clinging or a climbing vine. Its flowers are bright yellow that are funnel-shaped. Cat Claw Ivies are found in Holland and Havelock Road.

You can spread the joy of flowers by sharing your photographs. The National Parks Board are encouraging Singaporeans and visitors to share their picture and join in the competition. You can simply tag your photos in Facebook or Instagram using #sgblooms. The competitions will be until April 30, 2014. What are you waiting for? You should send your entries now.


Relief for Itchy Scalps

It is bothering and annoying if the scalp is itchy. If you have itchy scalps, it is also distracting. You tried all the shampoos and treatments available in the market but to no avail. You should not look further because remedies for itchy scalps are in your home. You only need to look more closely.


The trick is to find a remedy that can help soothe and calm the scalp. If you are looking for ways to relieve your scalps from the itch, you should read more. At the end of the article, you will discover many remedies that you can try in your home. These remedies are not that expensive unlike commercial ones.

What are you waiting for? Here are some remedies you can try:

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can also do the trick. You only need to mix one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar and one-fourth cup of water. Use a spray bottle and just spritz it to your hair then massage it. After few minutes, you can rinse it.
  • Lemon juice: If you are looking for domestic products that are really not expensive, you should consider lemon juice. You only need to massage fresh lemon juice unto the scalp. After few minutes, you can rinse it.lemon-juice
  • Tea tree oil: Tee tree oil is known to be a universal ingredient for flaky and dry scalps. You only need to mix tea tree oil in your shampoo and use it. If you want to relieve the itch, you can massage the tea tree oil (combined with vegetable oil).
  • Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is a great reliever. It can relieve an itchy and dry scalp. Jojoba is natural oil that can rejuvenate and hydrate your scalps. You only need to massage your scalp using jojoba oil. After that, you can rinse it. Make sure to repeat the procedure at least once a week.
  • Aloe vera: If you have aloe vera plant in your backyard, this is the time that you utilize it. Cut open the leaf, you will see a gel-like substance. You can apply it directly to your scalp and rinse it after thirty minutes.

That’s it. If you tried everything but the itchiness is still there, it is time that you consult your dermatologist. Sometimes, you need professional help. If your problem continues to persist, maybe there is something wrong with your skin. Your doctors will surely recommend things that might work for you.

There are many dermatologists here in Singapore. If you need one, you can easily find one and consult. Singaporeans should not let itchy scalp be the reason for their uncomfortable feelings.


Unusual Ways to Beautify Your Teeth

Simple brushing and flossing are the most common ways to maintain the teeth. Also, using of toothpaste for the dentition is helpful but it is not enough and in fact, it may induce harm to our teeth. Because of that, many people find other ways to maintain the beauty of their teeth. Here are some odd ways that your dentist won’t tell you.


  • Using Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural substitute to sugar. Also, it protects our dentition by eliminating bacteria like Streptococcus and other germs that is inside the mouth. And what’s even better? It keeps our breath fresh and prevents plaques from multiplying.
  • Using charcoal: Sounds crazy, right? Charcoal is one thing that gets the stain and toxin from the teeth. Obviously, after using charcoal, our mouth will become black but it is not permanent. Making charcoal as a teeth whitener is better than having an expensive and dangerous teeth bleaching. Note: Do not use the regular charcoal that you are using for grilling. However, you can use the activated charcoal that is available in capsules.


  • Using coconut oil: We all know for a fact that we can get many benefits from coconut. One is coconut oil – coconut oil kills bacteria (particularly Candida which can cause gum swelling, tooth decay and more) in a natural way. Important reminder: Do not ingest the oil.
  • Vitamin D Intake: Sunlight is one source of vitamin D but it doesn’t mean that you are going to put yourself under the heat of the sun just to have a healthy teeth. Actually, there are many foods that have vitamin D like eggs, salmons, mushrooms and many more.


Singapore: Top 4 Things that You Might Not Like When at the Beach

When we go to the beach, we are expecting to have a stress free and blissful beach vacation. However, if you are in a beach that is crowded with people, then do not expect that bad things will become better. The only way to enjoy your beach holiday is to get rid of these 5 annoying situations, things and people. best-beach-vacations

  1. Defecating in the Water – The most simple rule is to not pee in the water. But why there are some people who are shitting in the ocean. Probably, these are people who lack good manners. Always remember that you do not own the beach.
  2. Deafening Music –There are beach parties that happen on beach. And whether you like it or not, there will always be a loud music associated with it. Even when you are inside the hotel, you will hear those blaring music which most of the time
  3. Cats and Dogs – Many beach resorts allow pets like dogs and cats. Since they are animals, it would be very hard for them to find their own bathroom and go pee or poop. Also, they can be distracting because they sometimes barking without any reason at all.
  4. Rubbish – After the party or whatsoever, you will notice some large volume of trash in the seashore. Most of the time, people give the excuse that garbage cans is full making them throw their rubbish anywhere. In reality, there is really no excuse in throwing your garbage. In fact, you can put it in your pocket but if it’s too large just call the attention of the resort personnel and let him send the garbage to an appropriate place.



History of Tampines New Town

The present day Tampines New Town was formerly home to swamps, forests and sand quarries. Ironwood trees, commonly referred to as tempinis once grew in abundance in the area, hence it was given its present name. The district is a portion of a military training area up until 1987.


The new town was founded in 1978. Construction began for Tampines Neigbourhoods 1 and 2 in 1983 and was completed in 1987; the construction process still took 3 years even though they were given priority. The construction of Neighbourhoods 8 and 9 was initiated in 1985 to 1989, which was followed by the construction of Neigbourhhod 5 which was completed along with Tampines Town Centre. Construction of Neighbourhood 4 was completed along with the new Tampines North Division. Construction of Neighbourhoods 3 and 7 was fully completed in 1997.


Modern construction techniques sped up the development of the town’s overall infrastructure. Utilizing prefabricated house components, a block of tall flats could be constructed within just a month. More attractive motifs, polishings and colours were integrated into Tampines. The HBD (Housing Development Board) managed the assembly of the town until 1991, when the management was handed over to the Tampines Town Council.

The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) of the United Nations gave the Word Habitat Award to Tampines which was chosen as a delegate of the country’s new towns on October 5, 1992. The award was bestowed in acknowledgement of a significant contribution to human settlement and development.



Tanjong Pagar District

The Tanjong Pagar District (also spelled as Tanjung Pagar) is an antique are that is situated within the Central Business District of the country, located beside the Downtown Core and the Outram Planning Area under the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) urban planning areas.


The name “tanjong pagar” is a Malay term which means “cape of stakes”. The name represents its roots as a fishing village which is located on an area which was once a peninsula.  It has been deduced that the resent name was inspired by the presence of offshore enclosure fishing traps made out of woodens takes and cross pieces (kalongs) that were put up along the stretch of coastal area from the vilae of Tanjong Malang to the present day Tanjong Pagar. It was surmised that the name was possibly a debasement of the earlier name which was Tanjong Passar.

A far more attractive and charming account of the naming of this portion of the coast came from the scope of a local myth. According to the Malay Archives, there was a period when the villages that were located along the coast of the country suffered from savage attacks from groups of swordfish. Following the advice of a notably smart individual named Hang Nadim, the Sri Maharajah constructed a barrier made out of banana stems along the coast which successful protected the villages by way of trapping the attacking swordfish by their snouts as they soared from the waters.


There are also accounts that claim that the original name of the area was Salinter which means “a fishing village”. In 1864, the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company was established because of the significant growth of shipping activities in the 1850s. The term “tanjong” means “cape” or “peninsula”; pagar on the other hand means “enclosed space” or “fence”. The present name of Tanjong Pagar possibly refers to the location of PSA GATE 3 near Victoria Dock. The area around the district were former mangrove swamps which were filled in with earth extracted from surrounding small hills, Mount Palmer in particular for the extension of the quay up to Telok Blangah.


Put Speed into Dating

As they say, life isn’t just about making money and having a successful job. Admit it or not, having all that success in a career wouldn’t be so satisfying unless you get to share it with the ones you love or simply with a special someone. But as time has changed, so have the priorities of most people. In this era, more emphasis has been placed on careers rather than on love.


So, what do you do if you’re mostly busy from work but also want to finally meet that someone whom you’ll share all your success and happiness with? Of course, it would be too radical to simply choose one over the other. So, before you make any drastic decisions, why not consider speed dating?

Speed dating isn’t a new concept anymore. It has been around for several years now. The first one actually happening in 1998 in Beverly Hills at a place called Pete’s Cafe. Basically, in speed dating, singles meet in an event. The pretense is eliminated because all those attending the event are there for the same purpose, which is finding a partner. For an allotted time, a pair of single people gets to meet and talk to each other.


When that time is over, the singles get to interact with new singles in the event. Simply put, it’s just like one of those European dances you see in movies where they exchange partners as the music plays, except that with speed dating they’re not dancing but getting to know each other. Throughout the years, speed dating has already crossed several seas and borders.

So it isn’t surprising to know that even here in Singapore, speed dating has also made its way. In fact, Social Development Network (SDN) is one of those that organizes speed dating events here. SDN continues to support the idea of marriages among singles and remains to provide an avenue for singles in Singapore to meet.

To give all the singles out there a heads up, SDN is once again organizing an event for speed dating this coming May 4th, 2014. The event will be from 6pm until 9:30pm and it will be held at The Studio Bar, 778 North Bridge Road. So, if you’re ready to take charge of your love life and finally find that special someone, then go ahead and give speed dating a try!



Say Yes to Outdoor Weddings

Finally said yes to walking down the aisle? That’s great! Now the next question is, have you already chosen the location? It’s summer and it’s such a great time to have that wedding outdoor. So if you’re considering a garden or beach wedding, check out these beautiful locations. wedding-planning-ideas-tips-outdoor-weddings.original

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Imagine you and your partner exchanging vows with a picturesque site of nature as your backdrop.  Wouldn’t that be incredible? Who knew that even in the midst of the city, you could still have that surreal garden wedding, and that’s exactly at Burkhill Hall in the Botanic Gardens. Here, you could share this symbolic union around the people who matter to you in full solemnity. Whether you prefer having your wedding at day time or at night, Burkhill Hall is the location for you because either way, it is still magnificent and doesn’t fail to provide that romantic feel to your special event. singapore-wedding-photographer-008

Tanjong Beach

Are you the type of couple who fancies a beach wedding? Here in Singapore, that’s a bit tricky since there aren’t so many to choose from, but luckily, there is one spot where you could celebrate that significant milestone without the downside of having to share the location with a huge crowd of beach-goers. At Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, you’ll get the right amount of tranquillity suited for saying “I Do” to the one you love. Having this kind of location is perfect for couples who enjoy a more casual setting and who like to simply feel the sand on their feet as they step into another chapter of their lives.