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Modern Applications of Laser Technology

The advent of laser made many things possible. With its numerous applications, the world became better. Before tackling the applications of laser technology, it is important that you know basic things about it. Laser is derived from the acronym “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. It was Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes who provided the theoretical framework but it was Theodore Maiman who made it possible in 1960.


Laser is a well-known device that has the capacity to release coherent light. Since its invention, laser technology proved to be helpful in many fields and industries. The applications include:

  • Scientific: The good news is that lasers are used in different scientific ways. For example, lasers can be used for atmospheric remote sensing as well as many holographic techniques. It does not end there because lasers can also be used in spectroscopy. Take Raman spectroscopy for instance, the laser can help chemists in drawing a fingerprint to identify molecules. Other applications in scientific field include heat treatment, photochemistry, laser cooling, microscopy and nuclear fusion.


  • Military: The military also proved that laser technology is helpful in their pursuit of safety and security. Lasers can be used as an energy weapon. The energy weapons are created inside Boeing 747 which aims to extinguish short or intermediate range ballistic missiles. There’s another type of laser that is capable of disorienting the person. As if it is not enough, laser that can guide a missile to their target.


  • Medical: Lasers are proliferating in the field of medicine. In cosmetic surgery for instance, the person can now wish to remove tattoos, stretch marks, scars and other things with the use of laser technology. Other medical applications include refractive, eye surgery and soft tissue surgery. Doctors also use laser as scalpel for general surgeries, laparoscopic, urology and gynaecological. Lasers proved to be helpful in dentistry as well.


  • Commercial and industrial: Sometimes, you do not know it but lasers are present in your daily life. Lasers are used in soldering and plastic welding. It can also be used in cutting, marking, drilling, pointer, readers, peening, scanners, alignment and many more.


  • Entertainment: Laser lighting are essential for music concerts.


  • Construction: In construction, lasers are important to level the horizontal plane. You see surveyors with their tripod. This is to compare the elevations of different points in a given terrain.

Here in Singapore, you use the technology every day. With its help, you already accomplished and will accomplish many things in the future.


The Real Score on Beauty Blenders  


If you’re a big follower of fashion and beauty trends, then you probably like scouring the internet for useful beauty tips straight from the expert makeup artists who are responsible for the flawless looks of our favorite celebrities in the runway and the red carpet.


The new “it” item when it comes to achieving flawless beauty looks using makeup is the Beauty Blender. It’s that pink sponge shaped like a big droplet of water we’ve seen backstage in fashion shows and on Youtube makeup tutorials.

If you’re as clueless as I am when it comes to this wonderful beauty tool, read on to learn the dos and don’ts of using and caring for the Beauty Blender.


How to Use

The Beauty Blender can be used in the application of foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, concealer, etc. As the name suggests, it is used in blending makeup products seamlessly.

  • Use It Wet. The key element in the effective use of the Beauty Blender is using it wet. Run the sponge under running water and then gently squeeze out the excess. Using the blender wet prevents it from soaking the product into the sponge and not on its rightful place, which is our face.
  • Be Handy. Do not pump out your liquid foundation directly on the sponge. Instead, pump it onto the back of your hand. This warms up the product, giving it a smoother consistency for easier application.
  • Don’t Rub It In. Using the round bottom part of the sponge, dip it on the foundation and apply it on your face. Use gentle dabbing strokes instead of aggressively rubbing the product on your face. After dabbing, bounce and press the sponge on your face lightly to make sure that the makeup looks natural. This process is called by makeup professionals as stippling.
  • Erase the Past. A Beauty Blender can also be used as an eraser if we ever mess up while applying our makeup. Simply get a dry sponge, drag it on the expanse of the skin to remove makeup and start again.
  • Blender Tip. Use the tip of the blender to get to hard to reach areas like the inside eye corners, outer creases of the nose and the jawline area- perfect for applying concealer.


How to Care

An amazing beauty product such as a blender needs optimum care for it to last a long time. Regularly clean the sponges to prevent bacteria from getting into the sponge.

  • Do not use harsh cleansers in cleaning the blender. Simply use baby shampoo mixed with water or a sulfate-free soap.
  • Wet the sponge with a little water, apply the gentle cleaning agent and gently rub it to create a lather.
  • Rinse the Beauty Blender properly and air-dry it.

We see our beauty tools as a form of investment. Learning to care for these products is as important as learning how to use them properly. Proper cleaning and maintenance is also a way of ensuring the health of our skin by taking great care of products that are in contact with our face. This way, we can ensure the longevity of the product and get the best value for our money.


Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: How to Eliminate Them  


Is the sight of varicose veins giving you less confidence to wear dresses and short skirts? Varicose and spider veins are a common sight among women all over the world.


The presence of these leg veins is caused by prolonged standing or sitting. Staying in a prone position for too long can cause stress to the valves and impedes the blood from flowing in the right direction. When this occurs, the blood pools and bloats the veins, making them bigger and more visible.

Varicose and spider veins are also commonly seen in pregnant women, especially if you’ve had more than one pregnancy. The fetus growing inside can apply pressure to the veins in your pelvic area, causing spider veins to appear. Women who regularly wear heels are also not an exception in getting varicose and spider veins.


To prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins on your legs, take note of the following

  • Avoid constantly crossing your legs while sitting down
  • Avoid wearing heels that are more than four centimeters high
  • Avoid wearing garments that are too tight around the thigh and the leg area
  • Do work out regularly in order to keep the right blood flow throughout the body. Do exercises that focuses on your leg area.



If you are already suffering from varicose and spider veins, different forms of treatment are available to have them removed and for the pain to be eased.

To ease the discomfort of having varicose veins, wearing compression stockings can improve the blood flow in your legs. You can also try raising your legs above your chest as another option in enhancing correct blood flow.

The presence of varicose and spider veins can be unsightly. Fortunately, you have an option of getting invasive treatments to improve the cosmetic appearance of the veins. These clinical treatments also lessen the swelling and the pain.

Injection sclerotherapy is a form of treatment wherein a fine needle injects a solution to the spider veins, causing them to become just small fibrous threads, which eventually will close permanently.

Clarivein is another treatment option for varicose veins, which is minimally-invasive and uses a rotating catheter to pump sclerosant to the vein in order to close it.

Endovenous laser treatment is the form of treatment highly recommended for people with diseased veins that are shorter than seven meters. Ultrasound is used together with a small catheter and inserted into a small skin opening. A lot of patients prefer this treatment because there is no incision, hospitalization and general anesthesia needed. There is also less pain involved so there is lesser down time.

Bad Health Habits We Have to Break Right Now


We should not wait for New Year to draw our resolutions like breaking our bad health habits. It is important that we break our bad habits right now so it will not take a toll on our health. No matter how we are resolved to take matters on our hand when it comes to breaking bad health habits, it is not that easy.

Lack of sleep can lead to a sense of drunkenness, affecting productivity and health.

Most of us have become accustomed to bad habits that we are not aware they are already wreaking havoc to our well-being.  We have put away our unhealthy habits before it is too late for us. So, here are some bad health habits that need breaking right this moment:

  1. Not getting enough sleep: Singapore is busy as it is. There is nothing that we can do about it but cope up. There are some Singaporeans who cope up by not getting enough sleep and allotting more time for work. Sleep should not be ignored because it is important for alertness and concentration. Sleep varies depending on the person but not getting enough sleep will turn out to be unproductive.
  1. Skipping meals: Skipping meals will only deprive our body of the necessary nourishment to last a day. If we do not eat properly, our body will have difficulty in concentration and it can decrease energy levels. If we want to lose weight, starving is not the best way to do it.
  1. Not eating on time: Not eating on time will rob our body of the nourishment it needs. If we are too busy, we have to remember that our topmost concern is our health.




  1. Not drinking enough water: We already know that we need at least six to eight glasses of water a day and yet we still ignore it. Hydrating the body is important as we lose water all the time.
  1. Having poor posture: When we are facing the computer for many hours, we tend to ignore our posture as long as we deliver. This is not healthy since our posture will be affected. If we do not have proper posture, it can cause discomfort like back aches, headaches, muscle pains and joint paints. The basic thing that we can do is improve our workspace by putting our computer where it is at eye level.

If we consider these things, our lives and well-being will be improved. Though these habits are simple to read and consider, we have to admit that it is difficult to achieve it. However, if we are serious about it, there is nothing that we cannot handle.


Beauty Tips after Hangover  


Sure, we deserve some fun after a tedious week of work and obligations. We party until down not to mention the booze. It was a fun experience but when we come to our senses the day after our hangover, we might feel dehydrated and fatigued. That is natural. We only need to stay in the house and recuperate.


What if we need to go someplace? Going out hydrated and fatigued may take a toll on us. We will not surely look our best. The good news is that Singaporeans can still go out after hangover with the right trick and products. It is important that we know some tricks and products. Here are some tips:

  • For parched skin: We have to remember that our skin wears out and losses its radiance over time. Our skin wears out and losses its radiance because of different activities like what we eat and how long we sleep. Unpredictable work schedules and long sleepless nights are poisonous to the skin. If we do not take care of the skin, it will dry out, flake and eventually peel. What is the best remedy? We should make sure that we have achieve the optimal water levels in our cells. After applying cleansing and toning, we can apply hydrating serum or moisturizer to replenish and restore skin’s elasticity. We have to forget foundation and consider a BB cream instead.


  • Chapped lips: Chapped lips are characterized by cracking and dry appearance. The main cause is the loss of moisture and this may happen due to dehydration and sun exposure. The remedy is quite simple actually. We can just employ the help of lip balm and make sure it is applied regularly throughout the day. We have to avoid matte lip balms and opt for moisturizing gloss. Drinking water can be of great help as well.
  • Dark circles and puffy eyes: Lack of sleep can cause the skin to be pale and it is emphasized on the skin around the eyes. The good news is that there are a lot of products designed to help diminish dark circles. We only need to look for eye creams that are rich in ingredients which can promote blood circulation and contain antioxidants. Before using any product, we have to remember to hydrate the eye area so it can absorb the moisture thoroughly.
  • Zits: Actually, there are many causes of pimples but we know how it came about – when pores get clogged, zits appeared. Sometimes, we encourage zits when we sleep without take off our makeup. The remedy is never to pick on our zits because by doing so, it can infect it therefore making it worse. There are different products to treat zits.


6 Things to Purge from Your Kitchen Now!


The kitchen is the heart of every home, and like any other parts of your home, it’s important to keep it squeaky clean. These common kitchen items may be spreading disease-causing germs or adding more stress, so it’s best to ditch them or tuck them somewhere appropriate instead.


  1. Reusable Grocery Bags

Well, you don’t have to dump every single reusable tote, but keeping them for too long can harbour bacteria, which can transfer to food. If you choose to keep them, wipe them with disinfecting wipes or throw them in the laundry before using the bags again.

  1. Clear Cookie Jars

The sad truth is, if you can see the treats in a container, you’re more likely to eat them. If your jar contains unhealthy goodies, opt for an opaque jar to avoid binging on one too many of them—out of sight, out of mind.

  1. Dirty Sponges

This always-wet kitchen item is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. When using sponges, make sure to clean and disinfect them weekly and toss them five to seven weeks. A five-minute soak in a bleach solution is your best way to disinfect them, but throw them away when they start to look shabby.

  1. Old Spices

We might think that powdered spices have longer shelf life, but just like any other processed food, they also have their expiry dates. If that bottle of cinnamon powder has been sitting in the shelf for four years now, it’s time to toss it away and reward yourself a fresh new flavour.


  1. Pet’s Food Station

If you have a four-legged friend at home, you can feed them just outside the house or somewhere away from the kitchen. If food always sits in the bowl until your pet is ready to eat them, it can attract mice, ants, and roaches.

  1. Your Phone

It doesn’t take a germaphobe to know that mobile phones are thriving with germs. However, if you can’t be separated from your phone while cooking—say, because you’re expecting a call or whipping up a recipe you found online—wipe it down with alcohol wipes before bringing it with you in the kitchen.

Cleanliness and orderliness should be the top priority when it comes to organizing stuffs in your kitchen. Since this is where your family’s nutrition is flourished, it’s important to keep this area of the house as clean and organize as possible.


5 Relationship Habits That Keep Couples Closer Over the Years


Making a relationship work takes constant effort, but that doesn’t mean the ride is no longer going to be fun.  To keep the fire burning, here are some simple yet fun and sweet relationship rituals that long-term couples often do.


  1. Send Selfies

If the two of you travel a lot, have this habit to send each other selfies. Swap photos of you at random times of the day wherever you are. This ritual helps de-stress and reminds the both of you that at the end of even the most stressful day, you have each other to turn to.

  1. Give 20-Second Hugs Twice a Day

This isn’t a polite hug you give your colleagues when bidding goodbye, but a hip-to-hip-and-closely-holding-each-other kind of hug. Why 20 seconds? Because that’s how long for the oxytocin to kick in (or otherwise called ‘the happy hormones’), which provides you the feeling of security and delight that everything is good and right.

  1. Scribble Sweet Notes

Purchase a message board and stick it on the fridge, where you can write little sweet notes each day. Make a rule that the board should be used in positive form—not as a way to discuss things that has to be done. Another way is to scribble sweet nothings on post-its and stamp them in places you know your partner will surely catch them. This may be simple, but a sweet reminder that he’s in your mind always.


  1. Get Cookin’

Of you and your partner both love to cook, bond over this shared skill twice or thrice a week. Instead of dining out on weekends, stay home and cook your own three-course meal. Turn off the TV, put away your phones, play a nice music, and focus on each other.

  1. Make Future Plans (As In, On a Calendar!)

Many significant things in a relationship don’t happen unless it’s pre-planned. This includes hanging out with friends, go on dates, and even making love. Sparing some time every month to plan for the coming month increases the sense that you two are on the same journey together.

These may be just small things, but means a lot in keeping a relationship strong. Making these things as part of your daily rituals will ensure that your relationship prospers and gets stronger over time.


Tasty Foods That Build Muscle


Building muscle has often been seen as a tedious task that requires a lot of patience. Aside from working out a lot, you’d also have to watch your diet and the food you’re eating. You’d always have to make sure that your meals are packed with protein for optimum muscle growth.


Yet, diet food has been vilified at times for not being tasty enough. This would tend to people going back to their old habit of eating tasty yet unhealthy meals. And, as we know, a lot of Singaporean dishes are really tasty but would pack a lot of unhealthy stuff along with them.

So, to help you in your quest for a better body and a better health, here are some muscle-building foods that are not only healthy but tasty as well.

  1. Eggs

Eggs are a staple for any diet whether for weight loss or for building muscle. Most of the protein is found in the egg white. However, egg whites are almost tasteless. It will be difficult for anyone to eat tasteless egg whites each day for a number of months. So, for a tasty meal, you have to eat the yolks.

But aren’t egg yolks packed with artery-clogging cholesterol? While it may be true that one egg yolk would comprise half of your daily cholesterol limit, a recent research shows that cholesterol found in eggs are actually the good ones. This means that eggs don’t necessarily raise the cholesterol levels of a person. And it ultimately means that eating the whole egg would add more taste to your diet.

  1. Protein Drinks

Protein drinks pack a lot of muscle building proteins and amino acids. Not only does a protein drink help you meet your daily protein needs but it also helps your body recover from workouts faster due to the amino acids found in them. On top of that, protein drinks are often tasty and have a lot of flavors to choose from.

The downside to this is that they are often expensive. A five-pound jar of whey protein powder would cost north of S$70. The more popular brands are more expensive and could even cost as much as almost S$100. So make sure you have the budget before deciding to spend money for protein drinks.

  1. Beef


Beef is the king of whole foods when it comes to protein. 100 grams of beef have as much as 26 grams of protein. A lot of tasty Singaporean dishes feature beef like curry puffs, beef stir-fry, and beef kway teow, among others. But you have to choose the lean cuts. Otherwise, you’ll be packing a lot of fat along with the protein. For steak, the leaner cuts of beefs are the tenderloin, sirloin, or pretty much any cut of beef with “loin” in it. The brisket is also a good choice for a lean cut of beef.

  1. Chicken Breast

While the thigh may be the juicier and probably the tastier part of the chicken, it contains more fat than any other part. It’s better to eat the breast part as they are packed with protein and very little fat as long as you take the skin off. A hundred grams of chicken breast pack about 30 grams of protein. A lot of Singaporean dishes incorporate chicken. One of the more famous dishes is the Hainanese chicken rice. Just swap out chicken thighs with chicken breasts and you’ll have a tasty and protein-packed dish any time you want.

  1. Fish

Singapore is surrounded with water. This means that fish is easily a staple food for the country. Almost every variety of fish is full of protein. While some other fishes have a lot of fat in them, fish fat is generally a lot healthier than the fat found in meat. Omega 3 can be found in fish fats. Omega 3 helps the overall health of the heart and can also assist in the anabolic capacity of amino acids while also decreasing muscle breakdown. Some of the more protein-packed fish that are easily available are Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines.

Grilled Fish Entree in Barcelona

Staple Workouts For Men  


Every guy who has gone to the gym for a while, has tried to generally work out, or is just plainly into fitness would know that there are certain types of exercises and movements that work best in adding muscle in certain areas of the body and that there are exercise regimens and programs that they prefer over any other. While some exercise programs would differ from person to person depending on their goals, there are workouts and exercises that can be considered as the most important exercises. In other words, these exercises are staple for anybody into fitness.


Bench press

The bench press is probably the best measure of strength for anyone looking to build muscle as it incorporates numerous body parts (chest, triceps, and shoulder). Bodybuilders would always incorporate the bench press into their workouts because the chest area, or the pectorals, is the most easily identifiable part of a guy’s body. Having a big or well-defined chest is an important feature for any bodybuilder or anyone into fitness.


The deadlift is also an exercise that can be argued to be the best measure of strength as it hits a lot of muscles in the body (back, quads, glutes, abs, and shoulders). Lifting competitions would always have deadlifts as part of the competition as this workout shows the overall strength of the competitor. The large amount of muscles targeted helps in the release of more testosterone that helps in muscle development.


Squatting is the best leg exercise there is because it hits every part of the legs. Any bodybuilder or athlete would always incorporate squats because they not only help them look better but they also improve speed, agility, jumping, and overall athletic ability.



The pull-up is also an exercise that hits a lot of muscles (lats, biceps, shoulders, and the upper back). Exercises that target compound muscle groups tend to release more muscle-building testosterone. That makes pull-ups (and any other compound muscle workout) indispensable for any fitness junkie. It also helps develop good shoulders and a wide back, which is easily ideal for bodybuilders and athletes alike.

Overhead Press

Also called the military press, it helps develop large shoulders that are easily identifiable for any spectator. The overhead press is also the best shoulder exercise because it targets all of the shoulder muscles as well as additional groups like the triceps and chest muscles, which would lead to more testosterone released.


Update: Beauty Trends Today  


There are some Singaporeans who give beauty great regard. There is nothing wrong with that because we are governed by first impressions which entail our overall look. When we go to work, we try to put something good to impress our bosses or co-workers. When we socialize, we use different makeups to look pleasing.


True enough, our efforts will not be in vain if we use makeups. Somehow we will be appreciated and esteemed. The trick is not to overdo it. This article will discuss about the beauty trends these days. The British Association of Beauty Therapists and Cosmetology conducted a survey and revealed remarkable results. There were about 2, 844 women aged eighteen to seventy three who participated in the survey.

The participants admitted that they gained “expertise” through trial and error while there are others who openly confessed that YouTube tutorials have been helpful.  According to the survey, British women consider the following beauty trends today:

  • Heavy eyebrows: Women around the world praise the defined brows of supermodels and actresses. Women think that having heavy or defined brows are the most stylish beauty trend.
  • Contouring: Contouring was popularized by TV personality Kim Kardashian. Contouring is considered the second beauty trend. This makeup technique uses concealers and foundations of different shades which can subtly sculpt the face and enhance features like the cheekbones and lips at the same time ‘slimming’ the nose.
  • Dark lips: The 90’s style of dark ‘berry’ lips is the third beauty trend. Many women these days are seen wearing the popular 90’s style.
  • Pin-up red lips: Following the dark ‘berry’ lips is the pin-up red lips.


  • Smokey eyes: The fifth most popular trend is the smokey eyes which brings more intense look.
  • Winged eyeliner: The sixth most popular beauty trend is winged eyeliner which also bring more intense glaze.
  • Glossy lips: Glossy lips are simple yet classy. Many women would prefer a simple lips that overpowering ones.
  • Nude lips: Women tend to highlight different features like eyes or cheeks so they go nude when it comes to lips thereby making it the eighth most popular beauty trend.
  • Pencilled beauty spots: A pencilled beauty spot is the ninth most popular beauty trend.
  • Natural look: Natural look will never go out of style.

For others who do not give great regard to beauty, their lives are less complicated. These Singaporeans are contented with whatever they have and do not try to make it better. Simple is good. If at some point in time they try the trends mentioned above, they are free to do so. After all, it cannot harm them – unless materials used are toxic (which are not).


Proofing Ourselves from Deadly Viruses  


Given that the MERS situation in South Korea escalated and the flu in Hong Kong emerged, viruses are just borders away from Singapore. It is important that we safeguard ourselves from these viruses or suffer its repercussions.


Proofing ourselves from deadly viruses is not an exact science but it is worth the try. These are some tips that we can consider when we are thinking about proofing ourselves from deadly viruses:

  • Take lots of vitamin D: Vitamin D helps the body in keeping off colds especially during rainy seasons. Looking for foods rich in vitamin D is easy. We only need to focus on fishes, oils, mushrooms, cheese and egg yolks.
  • Blanche vegetables: Sometimes, it is not enough to wash our greens before eating it. We have to blanche it to prevent viruses from loitering around. After putting vegetables in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, we simply dunk them in a bucket of ice water to stop the cooking cycle.


  • Exercise: Viruses attack the body when our immune response is low. With this, it is crucial that we build our immune response. According to a British study, twenty five minutes of lifts can increase our immune response.
  • Stop drinking: According to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in America, binge drinking (more than 5 drinks in just 2 hours) floods cytokines which encourages fever and inflammation.

These tips can help us evade deadly viruses. If we notice, the things mentioned above conditions the body so it can sustain any attack. We have to keep it that way. For more tips about conditioning the body, there are many doctors here in Singapore that can help us.   


5 Reasons Why Lob is the Hairstyle to Get

Lob, also known as semi-bob or long bob, has been the hottest buzz among celebrities lately. Whether they’ve chopped their signature length or outgrown their pixies, a lot of celebrities are already wearing the lob. What made it more popular, is that even if you’re not an A-lister, you can still look amazing wearing it. To convince you even more, here are some reasons why busy gals like you should go with this universally flattering cut.


  1. Gives a New Breathe of Life to Your Hair. Unlike your current style and length, going with a lob instantly makes your hair bouncier and more buoyant. Other than that, you can also mix your hair part and still look amazing all the time.
  1. Fits Most Hair Types. Other than giving new life to your hair, what makes lob a wonderful hairstyle is that it fits almost any hair type and texture, and it can even be tailored to flatter any face shape. Whether you have a naturally straight, curly or wavy hair, there’s just a lob that’s right for you. Just opt for a blunt cut for your rather fine or thin hair, or stock up on texturizing products if you happen to have coarse and thick locks.

Long bob hairstyles 2014

  1. Provides Endless Styling Options. When it comes to long bobs, the styling options are just endless. Not only does it look gorgeous on straight hair, it can also give amazing looks when curled or styled into retro waves. In fact, wearing a lob also allows you to leave your hair just as it is. All you’ve got to do is apply your curl cream or texturizing products and let it air-dry.
  1. Air-Dries Within Minutes. With a midi-hairstyle, you no longer need to constantly blow dry your hair. Just apply your hair products, let it air-dry and you’ll get healthier and lovelier locks. Win-win situation, right?
  1. Looks Great on Any Accessories. Not only does it look good in any hairstyle, it’ll also look amazing when styled with various accessories like beanies. But if hats and beanies aren’t your thing, opt for embellished bobby pins, barrettes and headbands instead.

Although it’s one simple haircut, getting a long bob can actually be a good way top up not just your hairstyle, but your entire look as well. So visit your hairdresser now and chop your strands into a lovely lob.


5 Natural Remedies for Your Tummy Troubles

An upset stomach is absolutely no fun to deal with, but this doesn’t mean you have to go straight to your pill bottle just to relieve the pain. Most causes of tummy aches are benign, and some of its symptoms usually go away quickly, which is why there’s no need to look past these natural remedies you can easily find in your kitchen pantry.


  1. Ginger. Since ancient times, ginger has been used to treat stomach pain and nausea. What’s even better is that ginger is available in dozens of form, all of which can aid in treating tummy aches. You can opt for ginger supplements and chews, or ginger water for an easier intake. If you’re a tea enthusiast, you can try adding all-natural ginger ale or some chopped ginger root into your tea.
  1. Chamomile. With its sedative and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile tea can effectively serve as an excellent home remedy for tummy aches. Not only does chamomile calms digestive tract muscles, it also relaxes the contractions in the intestines, thereby lessening the cramps and spasms that causes stomach distress. Make it a habit to drink a cup of chamomile tea a day, and you’ll experience much more relaxed body and mind.
  1. Peppermint. Other than being a good remedy for nausea, peppermint has also been long cited as an excellent treatment for an upset stomach due to the natural analgesic properties. Just brew a cup of spearmint or peppermint tea, then sniff its extract or chew on the leaves themselves. This will aid in alleviating your nauseous feeling while keeping your stomach pangs at bay.


  1. Apple Cider Vinegar. If you think you can handle the taste, try taking a tablespoon of this acidic pantry staple to neutralize your upset stomach. Apple cider vinegar helps in the digestion of starch, and keeps the bacteria in your gut healthy. If the acidity is too strong, mix it with water and a teaspoon of honey, and slowly sip the mixture.
  1. Fennel Seeds. This is one of the reasons why Indian restaurants serve fennel seed mix. Fennel seeds are known to treat cramps, acid digestion, and even intestinal tract spasms. It also acts as a carminative, helping your body sooth indigestion while expelling extra gases.

Tummy aches can cause lots of discomfort, but that doesn’t mean you can only get rid of the problem by heading straight to your doctor. Keep these natural remedies in mind, and you’ll be relieved of your tummy troubles in an instant.


Get to Know: Animal Assisted Therapy  


We have to accept that we need help every now and then especially when it comes to our social, emotional and cognitive functioning. If we are struggling, we are recommended to submit to therapy. Our traditional concept of therapy is with a counsellor and spending hours of talking and figuring about the things that are bothering us.


There is a new kind of therapy here in Singapore that entails a dog. Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason. Dogs can do more than playing fetch and snacking biscuits. Dogs can help people who are in social and emotional turmoil. This kind of therapy is called Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). AAT is widely practiced in Australia and America. It is now in Singapore although many haven’t heard about it.

It is important that many people are educated of the benefits of AAT. To begin, here are some things that we should know about AAT:

  • What is AAT? ATT is a therapeutic approach that seeks to develop the patient’s social, emotional and even cognitive function. The therapy uses dogs. Actually other domesticated pets and farm animals can be used too. AAT includes counselling for both children and youth from 4 years old to 20 years old.


  • Institution: As mentioned earlier, AAT is a relatively new therapy here but it does not mean that there is no institution pushing it. There is Pawsibility for instance founded by Maureen Huang. Pawsibility was founded a year ago. The institution stresses that AAT is more than patting the dog and having fun but it is actually a therapy that can improve the lives of young people.
  • Co-therapists: Maureen Huang, the founder of Pawsibility, travelled to Colorado since there is has previously been no one in Singapore trained in AAT. Maureen met Telly and trained together. Telly is a Labrador retriever. Maureen and Telly trained at the Institute of Human-Animal Connection. They are called co-therapists. Individual sessions are about forty five minutes while group sessions last longer.
  • Credentials: We should not worry about the effectiveness of the therapy. Telly is trained for this. She is called therapy dog. She was picked because of her friendly personality. In fact, she is a certified Canine Good Citizen awarded by American Kennel Club. Telly is not your ordinary dog. Meanwhile. Maureen had her Masters in Social Work in University of Denver. Maureen and Telly have been working with families, individuals and groups in America and her.

Dogs are indeed more than a pet. Dogs are companion that can decrease our anxiety, stress hormones and blood pressure.


A Guide to Property Auctions in Singapore  


It is high time that we buy a property. Unfortunately, securing a property is a complicated web if we are not familiar about it. With this, it is crucial that we get all the help that we need. If we are really serious about securing real estate, we have to consider auctions. Real estate auctions are popular here in Singapore especially now.


Sellers are looking for ways to dispose their properties. As a buyer, we have to look for great deals which entails low prices. If we do not know what questions to ask, we will not get the right answers and surely we will not reach our goals. If we are new to real estate auction, we have to consider the following things:

  • Where property auctions are held: Let it be known that real estate auctions are always held at Amara Hotel. Amara Hotel is located in Tanjong Pagar. The next question is the frequency of the auctions. The real estate auctions occur once a month.
  • Where to get information about the auction: Two weeks before the actual auction, marketing strategies are in full blast. The property listings are advertised (in paper and online). If we subscribe to their email, we will get updates about the upcoming event. To receive updates and email, we have to subscribe.


  • Conduct during auction: Auctions are open to public. The good thing is that we do not need to pre-register. All those who are interested, can come anytime but real estate agents need to pre-register. Real estate agents should state the client they are representing.
  • Advice for first-time buyers: If this is our first time at an auction and we already have something in mind, we have to scrutinize the unit first before asking for the conditions of the sale. We can do this by arranging a property viewing and this is usually through appointment. As a buyer, we have to check our loan eligibility; we have to talk to our banker so we will know the maximum bid. Auctions also require a ten per cent down payment upfront so it is crucial that we know our financial capability. We have to remember that once the hammer is whacked, the sale is complete.

There it is. Real estate is not so complicated if we ask the right questions. If we need help to make sure that things go smoothly, we can always seek for real estate agents and let them do the job. The crucial part here is the availability of our money. If we ready the money, we can surely get that property.


Sneaky Ways to Get Firmer Skin

As we age, it’s normal for our skin to go through several changes. Wrinkles and fine lines will already start to form, skin dullness will also set in, dark spots will also start popping up, and worse, our skin will start to sag. Will all these skin changes popping everywhere, you’ll surely end up wondering as to what happened to your once-youthful complexion. But there’s no need to stress yourself out anymore, since there are some smart things that you can do to maintain your skin’s plumpness and smoothness.


  1. Observe Proper Hydration. One of the side effects of skin ageing is the struggle that our skin cells experience just to retain water that’s vital to maintain firm skin. A good way to remedy this is to add a nourishing serum in your daytime and night-time beauty routine to keep your skin hydrated. Also, don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep your whole body hydrated.
  1. Shorten Your Shower Time. Although taking long, hot showers can be really relaxing, doing so actually contributes on saggy skin. Exposing your skin to water for prolonged periods can weaken the protective barrier of your skin, making it susceptible to damage caused by the sun’s rays and some pollutants. So keep your shower time to five minutes max and don’t let the hot water to directly hit your face every time you shower.


  1. Get a Good Collagen Dose. As we age, our skin starts to produce collagen at a slower rate. Thankfully, there is an ingredient called retinol that works by stimulating our skin’s collagen production and regenerating new skin cells. Get your daily collagen dose by using an overnight cream that contains anti-ageing ingredients to give your skin the boost of moisture that it needs.
  1. Ditch the Sweets. If you’re into an afternoon coffee-and-cake snack habit, then it would be best to cut down your sugar intake. Some studies have shown that sugars like dextrose, corn syrup and fruit juice weakens the elastin and collagen, thereby contributing to premature skin ageing. So instead of sticking to your usual snack habit, opt for a cup of herbal tea or a fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Maintaining a firm and smooth skin isn’t just about using pricey skincare products. It’s also about caring for your skin from the inside, practising good skincare habits and living a healthy life.


6 Beauty Product Alternatives to Steal From His Bathroom Cabinet

While we may not be very keen with the idea of having him raid our beauty arsenal, there’s just nothing wrong with going through his. From his deodorant to cologne, and even his moustache wax, prepare to rifle through your man’s bathroom cabinet and find six of the best items that you can use as an alternative for your own beauty products.

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  1. Brand New Razor. The next time you decide to spend the night over at your man’s place, steal his brand new razor then use it to shave your unwanted leg hairs. With this, you get to experience the closest shave of your life at a cheaper price compared with the usual razor that you use.
  1. Shaving Cream. Although it doesn’t have that nauseating smell of fruits and flower’s, a man’s shaving cream is still worth the steal. With its thicker consistency compared with your usual shaving cream, you’ll only need a small dollop to get those smooth, hair-free legs.
  1. Aftershave Lotion. Using some aftershave lotion can actually do wonders for your skin. Not only will it leave you feeling refreshed, it will also tighten your pores and protect you from getting razor burns. With this product, you can already say goodbye to those annoying ingrown hairs after every shave.


  1. Facial Wash. Since men produce more oil naturally, it’s given that their face cleansers would be more abrasive and potent than that of the women’s. So get your hands on your man’s facial wash once a week and treat yourself to some deep-cleansing goodness.
  1. Hair Pomade. Not only is this beauty item helpful in getting that perfect and sexy tousled waves, it also aids in smoothing out hair frizz and even in creating sleek up-do’s. Just avoid applying too much on your hair as it can get really thick.
  1. Hair Wax. Forgot your brow gel? Then use a bit of his hair wax to keep your brows in place. Just run the product through your arches, then brush it with a spoolie brush to keep everything intact.

Who would’ve thought that you could use these much product from your man’s cabinet right? So make the most out of your overnight stays in his place by raiding his bathroom cabinet every now and then and using these beauty finds.


A Brief History of King Richard III


Singaporeans are grieving for LKY. There is no doubt that Singapore love LKY. Britons feel the same way because of the late King Richard III. His remains were not found since he died in 1485 but 500 years later, people are queuing to pay respects. His remains were found in a car park.


Britons think that his remains were lost in time. Who is King Richard III? Here are some things about the king:

  • Childhood: Richard was born on October 2, 1452. He was the 12th of the 13 children of Richard Plantagenet, the 3rd Duke of York. This period was the start of “Wars of the Roses”. His knightly training was done by Richard Neville, his cousin.
  • Marriage: Richard married Anne Neville, the daughter of the Earl of Warwick on July 12, 1472.


  • Death: Richard was the King of England from 1483 to 1485. On August 22, 1485, Richard battled Henry Tudor’s forces at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard and Anne had a son – Edward of Middleham. He was created the Earl of Salisbury. He was declared the Prince of Wales but he died two months after succeeding the throne.
  • Reputation: Though his reign was short-lived, his reputation continues. His death marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. He was House of York’s last king and the last of Plantagenet dynasty. Richard III is the subject of William Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Richard’s coffin is made by Richard’s nephew – his closest living relative. The discovery of his remains urged the scientists to re-examine Richard’s social reform rather than depending on Shakespeare’s portrayal of him.


Angelina Jolie’s Decision  


The international community lauded Angelina Jolie’s courageous act following her double mastectomy in 2013. Many people do not understand why the megastar decided so but for cancer patients out there, they can totally comprehend.


What prompted the actress to undertake such operations? It was found out that she carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene which increases her risks for breast cancer. She did not stop after her double mastectomy. Singaporeans and the whole world were shocked because Angelina recently confessed of undergoing another removal.

She decided to removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to eliminate her risk of ovarian cancer. The BRCA1 gene also increases the risk for ovarian cancer. In fact, her mother died of ovarian cancer. She did not want to suffer the same fate.


According to some experts, her decision from the mastectomy to the removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes are influential. Her revelations increased the public’s awareness about prophylactic surgery and genetic testing.

She is being praised by institutions not only here in Singapore but around the world for her courageous act. Her act will give many women options especially for those who are at risk of breast or ovarian cancer. Angelina also revealed that she had a progesterone IUD implanted in her uterus. The IUD will help in maintaining hormonal balance which can reduce the risk of uterine cancer.

Deciding over double mastectomy or ovaries and fallopian tube removal is a personal decision. With the right information, one can understand the risk involved. More and more women are becoming mindful of their choices.


Grey is the New Black

5 Reasons to Embrace Greying Hair

Thinking that grey tresses make you look older? Then, think again. Not only is grey hair becoming a hot trend today, it is also believed to brighten up tired complexions. But if you’re uneasy about your greying hair, ease out by reading these reasons why sticking with them is the best choice.


  1. Saves Lots Of Time and Money

Aside from being easy to have, another good thing about grey hair is that it’s mostly free. It wouldn’t just save you some bucks from dyeing your hair, but it will also save a lot of trips to salons. So rather than spending bucks from changing your hair colour, why not rock that look and save that money for a summer getaway instead?

  1. Goes With Everything

You might have hidden your age by dyeing your locks, but your greying eyebrows will still give you away. Once you decided to go grey, you’ll also start discovering new things like not only does it match your eyebrows, letting your grey hair grow will also lend your hair a new, rich texture and amazing shine. With grey strands, you can already starting playing with cool makeup tones starting from the blue end of the spectrum.

  1. Provide Unique Signature Look

If you’re planning on turning to grey hair, it would be best to get some highlights first to facilitate your transition from dark to grey hair. Working with hair extensions will also help you get similar results. Either way, a modern haircut plus a face-framing highlight will surely give you a new signature look that will leave your friends envious.

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  1. Get Gorgeous Looks With Styling Aids

Getting grey hair doesn’t mean you’ll need to stick with one hairstyle. Add some oomph to your look by playing with various hairstyling products like gels, pomades, and hair sprays. Pairing large hair rollers with a couple of sprits of hairspray can turn your long bob into casual hairstyle with loose curls.

  1. It Is Changeable

Grey hair doesn’t have to be permanent unless we want it to. Unlike with other hair colours, having a grey hair allows you to change into colours that you want. No need to bleach, which can be harmful and extremely drying for the hair, to achieve better colour outcome.

Going grey is actually more of a good thing than bad. The only concern that we may have against it is that it might make us look older than our real age, but that can be easily dealt with by improving our lifestyle and how we groom ourselves. So go ahead, embrace and don’t hesitate to flaunt that grey hair of yours.

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