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The Ultimate Guide to Storing Everything in Your Kitchen

Every homeowner in Singapore is bound to experience some difficulty with storing different types of kitchenware they have, such as plates, utensils, and storage containers, as well as different food items, both wet and dry. Read on to know everything you need to know about how you can store all your kitchen essentials:

Knowing Your Spaces

The first step to organizing or re-organizing your kitchenware storage is making sure there is enough space for the following areas in your kitchen:  

  • Kitchen cabinets – Kitchen cabinets are great storage areas for large kitchenware, such as pots and pans, as well as large plates and plastic containers.
  • Refrigerator – Your refrigerator is best dedicated to perishables, wet goods, and liquids, and dry goods can be moved to a different storage area, like your pantry.
  • Pantry – Dry goods, such as canned goods, grains, fruits, certain types of vegetables (i.e. potatoes, carrots, etc.), and powdered goods such as milk and coffee, can be stored here.

Categorizing

The next step in maximizing storage in your kitchen is by grouping your different types of kitchenware into specific categories, and assigning storage spaces based on them.

For instance, by assigning the refrigerator for just your wet goods and perishables, you can then move the dry goods to your pantry (or store them in an airtight plastic container). From there, you can decide which areas of your pantry to place your different food items in.

Storing for Convenience

Convenience is perhaps the biggest factor you need to keep in mind when considering storage, since it’s important to store frequently used items where you can access them easily. For instance, because you always need to be in front of the stove while cooking, you want to make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach, from spices, to knives, to cutting boards.

Storing Items Elsewhere

If your current storage area for a particular item doesn’t have enough space, you will need to find another space. One example for this is when you need a space for your large kitchenware, such as your pots and pans. If your kitchen cabinets can’t accommodate them anymore, one way to store them in a way that you can access them easily is by installing a rack on the wall where you can hang them.

Storage Containers

When it comes to storing food items in Tupperware and other plastic containers, your choices are essentially limitless. All you really need to keep in mind is that you need to make sure those containers are just the right size, if not a little larger. You should also make sure that you choose airtight containers, especially for powdered goods that can be spoiled when exposed to air.

Singaporean Fashion

Clothing around the world may differ from head to toe with the influence of culture, art, music, and many other factors which prompt the evolution of fashion. Singapore may be a bit confusing because although the heaviest influence around comes from China, the British influence is also very strong nonetheless. Known as one of the most diverse countries in Asia, Singapore is home to many different cultures which also means that Singapore is home to many different fashion styles.

Why is this so? Well, just like every other country, fashion is greatly influenced by cultures and subcultures like for example the athletic style and the artistic type. The athletic type would go for clothing based on how it makes them feel or how their clothes can improve their performance while the artistic type on the other hand goes for a very complex but sophisticated clothing.

Sometimes the subcultures tend to influence fashion even greater than the main cultures itself which is very true in Singapore because of how updated the youth are in trends happening around the world. Although this does not just pertain to the youth, it is clearly obvious that the youth spend more time indulging in fashion compared to other age ranges.

Although there are those who pick fashion as a lifestyle, a lot of your priorities will change in due time. The rocker type of clothing is finding its way into the trend as leather and black clothing have proven themselves to be really stylish. The youth in Singapore tend to celebrate a lot of pop fashion as seen from both American and British influence although one thing differentiates Singapore from the western countries, the climate.

Singapore is naturally a very humid country and although a lot of your time is spent indoors, fashion is still very much influenced by any direct surroundings. You would not see people wearing fur coats in Singapore at all. Singapore is naturally a very stylish country, not just because of the diverse culture which is very well celebrated throughout the country but also because of the availability of fashion in Singapore.

Up until this day, Singapore still plays a very huge role when it comes to trade which means that when it comes to fashion, Singapore is also very well updated. Singapore is a city of style and shopping in Singapore would encourage you not just to look good and be trendy but also to express yourself with the clothes you wear.

3 Tips to Gain More Weight

So you’re tired of being teased about being too skinny? Just like losing weight, gaining some pounds can also be a difficult thing to do. Here, then are a few tips to consider.

  1. Eat more frequently

This is probably the tip you’ll hear the most when it comes to gaining weight, “just eat more”. It does make sense, of course, and it’s only logical. The basic formula for gaining weight is to take in more calories than you burn. To do it, just eat more than your usual, maybe even take 5 meals a day if you can. But even so, eating a lot is only a small part of gaining weight; which leads us to the next tip.

  • Hit the gym

First of all, get rid of the mindset that people are going to judge a skinny person like you walking around the gym. There is a small truth here but even though people may look at you and stare, it doesn’t necessarily mean their judging you already. Later, you’ll realize that everyone will be busy minding their own business (and bodies). On a positive note, there will even be people in the gym who will give you advice and encouragement.

When you finally decide to go to the gym, take it slow on the cardio and focus on strength training through weight lifting. You’d want to do less cardio exercises because you’ll end up burning more calories, and that’s not exactly what you want. So lift heavy to increase the mass of your muscles. Doing this means you’re gaining weight healthily because you’re supplying the calories to muscles tissues instead of fat cells.

  • Eat right

Better than eating a lot is to eat the right food. You’ll gain calories from any type of food but you’ll still have to eat the right ones. If you eat a lot of junk food for example, the calories you gain from them will easily be burned away when you’re in the gym, as opposed to when you eat healthy food which also contain more nutrients.

  • Protein – is an important building block of our muscles. Eat a lot of protein-rich food to help your muscles recover and build faster. Lean meat and beef, eggs, salmon, and chicken are only few of the many high-protein food you should include in your diet.
  • Carbs – rice is a common enough source of carbohydrates in Singapore. Carbs serve as fuel for the body and give us more energy, so don’t skip on the rice!
  • Weight gainers – drinking weight gainers and protein shakes is a good way to add more calories and protein into your intake. Regular meals, even if you have 5 a day, won’t give you enough calories especially if you’re already hitting the gym. That is why we take gainers and protein shakes as supplements.

It is important to remember that you won’t get bigger overnight. Gaining (and losing) weight is a long, yet very rewarding process.

7 Ways to Build More Confidence

Being confident is an important trait for us to have to be able to excel in school, work, and life as a whole. Sometimes, though, we can get so overwhelmed by anxiety that our confidence just begins to dwindle. To fight against that, here are some ways for you to build more confidence.

Focus on your strengths

Everybody holds certain strengths and skills, while also having weaknesses. You always have something that you’re good at, even if you say you don’t. When you find those strengths, focus on them because it will be easier to develop them than trying get rid of your weaknesses. It can be easy to expose your weak points when you can use your strengths as a foundation.

Look at yourself in the mirror

Talk to your reflection, look yourself in the eyes, and say words of encouragement and motivation. This might feel weird at first but it actually does wonders! You’re not only psyching yourself up but also practicing to speak well and maintaining eye-contact.

Improve your posture

 Improving your posture is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to build more confidence. When you stand and sit up straight, you will exude an aura of authority and you’ll simply feel better about yourself. Plus, when you maintain a good posture, you’re straightening up and opening up your airways hence you’ll be able to speak clearer.

Groom yourself

Taking a shower, shaving, and basically keeping yourself neat and clean can contribute to more confidence. Dressing nicely will make you feel better about yourself and you’ll also earn other’s approval by looking presentable, whether you’re working, attending a formal event, or simply walking around Orchard Road on your leisure time.

Practice good and healthy hobbies

Having a hobby allows you to develop a lot of skills that you can use in your everyday life. Good hobbies can also promote a healthy lifestyle especially if they’re related to physical fitness, for example. Hobbies can help you get rid of stress, therefore making you less anxious and more self-confident.

Face your fears

A good practice for building confidence is to face one of your fears every day, doesn’t matter if its big or small. For example, if you’re afraid of asking strangers for directions, just do it because chances are they will answer you anyway. And if they don’t you can always ask another person. Once you are able to take your fears head on and move out of your comfort zone, you’ll definitely feel more confident.

Encourage yourself

Instead of always looking at the negative things happening in your life, think about the positive ones instead. Take a step back and reflect on all your achievements and all the good things you’ve done. Focusing on the positive will help you project yourself in a better, more positive light.

How You Can Be Productive Just by Sorting Out Your Thoughts (in 3 Easy Steps)

It’s easy to feel overloaded by so many ideas for your projects, tasks, and roles, especially when you’re already in the middle of an important task.

This is because our minds are a lot like computes – in order to be more productive and focus all your attention and energy on the tasks you need to finish in that certain time period, you need to clear out your cache of “temporary” files and reboot.

Here are three simple steps you can start doing to be more productive:

  1. Choose the best time

You may not always have the energy when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night. But what’s important is that you do this twice a day to make sure you remember everything.

Do this when you are wide awake, and not groggy or sleepy. For instance, you could start doing this after you’ve taken a shower and had your coffee (before going to work), or when you have a few minutes at lunch.

  • Write everything down

The one thing you need to do in order to de-clutter your mind is simple: just keep a record of your thoughts and the things you need to do.

There are all kinds of ways for doing this, from using the “Notes” app on your phone, or even typing it on your computer. If you don’t want to type it out, you can even record yourself talking and listen to it later as an audio log.

But this may not always work for you, in which case it’s completely okay to write them all down the old fashioned way. Being able to write things down using physical pen and paper lets you use muscle memory, and because you’re paying more attention to what you’re writing, there’s a good chance you can retain them better.

  • Keep your journal/planner in hand

Now that you’ve written your thoughts and plans down, keep them with you all the time! This way, you’ll be able to glance at it any time and not forget anything you had written down.

It’s easy to keep them around as voice recordings on your phone or as a Word document on your laptop, but when you’re physically writing them down on paper, have a specific notebook for this and keep this with you as much as possible.

By making it a habit to write everything down, you not only allow yourself to clear your head and focus on your tasks and projects, but you also give yourself ideas that you can use in the future.

How to Choose the Best Lens for Your Eyeglasses

The types of lenses you choose often determines how satisfied you are with your eyewear. And while you might think at first that it’s easy enough to choose your glasses, the truth is that it’s more difficult.

In fact, there are four factors you need to consider when choosing your own eyeglasses: appearance, comfort, vision, and safety, and all these depend on your diagnosis, your needs, and your lifestyle.

Types of Lenses

Eyeglass lens can be made of different materials, which have their own pros and cons:

  • Tribrid – While thin, lightweight, and impact-resistant, this material only allows for limited lens designs.
  • Trivex – Fully blocks UV light, has great impact resistance and a high Abbe value being extremely light.
  • High-index plastic – Relatively cheap to produce while being thin, lightweight, and able to block UV light.  
  • Polycarbonate – Parents with children who may not take good care of their glasses may choose this impact-resistant material for their kids, and because of its durability, it’s also a great choice for going rimless.

Other than the material that your lenses will be made of, there are other factors for glasses that you need to keep in mind as well, such as Abbe value, thickness, and refractive index.

Abbe Value

Abbe value is the measurement of how the material disperses different wavelengths passing through it. Low-value lenses will tend to have a higher dispersion value, which results in colored haloes around objects.

This means that when you try to look through this type of lens, you will see a blurry image instead of a sharp, clear one.

You can usually notice this when viewing the lens’ periphery, but less so when you’re looking through the center.

Center Thickness

There’s a certain limit on how thin laboratories can grind your glasses because of the thicknesses different materials allow while retaining impact resistance.

It’s because of this that concave lenses (ones used to treat people with myopia) made of polycarbonate or Trivex can be ground to just 1.0 millimeters thick at the center, while other materials will usually be thicker in order to pass this standard.

Refractive Index

The refractive index of a lens material depends on how efficiently it bends light, and it all depends on how fast light can travel through the said material.

The higher its refractive index, the better it can bend light. Lenses with high refractive indexes are usually a lot thinner than lenses with lower indexes, which is why lenses of certain types of materials can have a higher grade while still being lightweight.

Be sure to talk to your optometrist to ensure the best results for your eyeglasses and how you can best take care of your eyes.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

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