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Breaking the Workout-and-Eat Out Cycle

6 Tips to Avoid Overeating After Exercising
It’s kind of tempting to think that you deserve a big treat after having a good workout right? Well, be careful, as some Singapore fitness experts said that people who overeat after performing their workout routine tend to eat more calories than the amount that burned off. Now, you wouldn’t want to put all your hard work to waste right? If so, then check out these easy and simple tips on how you can fight off your overeating tendencies after a long workout.

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  1. Eat before you start working out. Eating a healthy snack before you start exercising will give you more energy and will help your muscles in recovering faster, post workout. This is also a good way to fight off hunger while working out, making you eat less after exercising.
  1. Perform your workouts before your regular meal. If you’ve always felt hungry after working out, then try timing your workout routines before your regular meal. This way, you’ll be able to satisfy your post-workout hunger with the same amount of calories that you usually eat.
  1. Stay hydrated. Although drinking water won’t help you feel full for long periods of time, it will still help in easing your hunger. As it is quite easy to confuse thirst with hunger, try to drink plenty of water before and while working out. Doing this will not just give you more energy to exercise, it will also help you control your hunger after exercising.

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  1. Drink a glass of low-fat or soy milk. Drinking a glass of low-fat or soy milk is already enough to provide you with the protein that you need to satisfy your hunger and to rebuild your muscles. Singapore fitness experts also said that compared to sport drinks, drinking milk offers a better long-term athletic performance.
  1. Consume healthy snacks throughout the day. Eating often, but in small portions, is also a good way to avoid overeating after exercising. Snack every three to four hours each day to keep your body fuelled for workout later.
  1. Eat only when you really need to. Eating something after working out is good, but don’t forget to listen to what your body is telling you. If you’re not hungry, don’t force yourself to eat just because you happen to read somewhere in the Internet that you need to.

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Don’t let all your hard work to get that bikini body go to waste just because you overate after working out. Using these helpful tips and information, it’s now possible for you to break free from your workout-pig out routine.

Where to Bring Your Date this Valentine’s Day

There is no denying that the love month is here. Since the year started, your hunt for that perfect place to bring your loved one is endless. Now is the time to get serious and consider other possibilities before February 14. After all, Valentine’s Day is only celebrated once a year.

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Do not be a kill-joy and just ignore it. Your loved one is excited about it. The least that you can do is comply with enthusiasm. Here are some suggestions that you might find helpful when it comes to that perfect place:

1. Esplanade Roof Garden: If you want a laid-back evening with your date, the Esplanade Roof Garden is definitely the right place. Here’s a bonus – it is for free. You can go up there without paying anything. It is nestled in 8 Raffles Avenue. You can see the Singapore River, Marina Bay Sands and the One Fullerton from up here.

2. Singapore Flyer: For others, this place is not special at all but if you think about gaining a panoramic view of the whole city, the flyer is the perfect place to be. There are dining options provided here. Set a budget of $269 (this is good for two). The flyer is nestled in 30 Raffles Avenue.

3. 1 Altitude: If you fancy alfresco bars, the best place to go is 1 Altitude. It is located at the top of One Raffles Place. In fact, it is considered as one of the highest alfresco bars in the world. When you are up there, decide which bars you will consider. There’s the 1 Altitude Gallery & Bar, 282 AND City Golf and Stellar.

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4. Marina Bay Sands Light and Water: If you do not want to spend so much money but still have one, the MBS light show will please you. The magical light and water shows will surely amaze your partner. For thirteen minutes, the sky will be filled with magic and it is hard to miss it. MBS is nestled in 1 Fullerton Road.

5. Ku De Ta: For sure you heard about Ku De Ta. If you are in MBS, make sure to visit their 57th floor and get fantastic view and services of the restaurant. The prices here are not cheap but a little indulgence will not make you poor.

This is enough to please your date. If you are looking for other places here, you can scout areas so you can find what you really fancy. Remember that there is always a place for you and your partner. Just be patient and enjoy the view. Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day!

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Gift Ideas for Your Man This Valentine’s Day

This is the time of the year where you can use little help when it comes to looking for that special Valentine’s Day gift for your boyfriend or husband. Valentine’s Day can be complicated and it carries different levels of importance to couples. If your husband or boyfriend doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day, you are in no trouble.

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However, if your husband or boyfriend thinks that Valentine’s Day is important and that you should celebrate it, you have to think of a gift first. Anyway, looking for that perfect place is easy knowing that this is Singapore – there is always a place for everyone. You should focus more on the gift. So, here are some suggestions that might help you:

  • Laptop folder: If your husband or boyfriend works a lot, you can give a laptop folder. As the name suggests, this folder can help him store and protect his laptop at all times. Be sure to choose a simple folder with single compartment. The folder can also hold other documents for safekeeping.
  • Bag: The laptop folder and a bag are separate things. If your husband or boyfriend fancies a bag, it is time that you give him one. It doesn’t have to be a designer bag. There are many bags for men here in Singapore. Just look for something that is durable and sturdy so it can withstand the work.
  • Perfume: You love his choice of perfume. For this Valentine’s Day, you have the power to choose what fragrant you want him to wear. It doesn’t have to be expensive because it is the fragrant that counts.

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  • Watch: If you notice that your man’s watch is faded, it is high time that you give him watch. Before Valentine’s Day, just blindly ask your man what watch he prefers. If it is affordable, you should buy it immediately. There are many watches in store for your man whatever he prefers.
  • Pen: Sometimes pens are ignored because they are simple. However, there are people who really need durable pens. Every man needs ball pen. Look for a sturdy one and if you like, you can engrave his name to it.
  • Tie: If he always wears his business attire, you should never underestimate the help of ties. Men sometimes do not know which tie to consider. You have to help him and buy ties that look great.
  •  Tickets: If your man is a sports enthusiast, you can buy a sporting ticket and watch him as he go crazy. There’s soccer or Formula 1. Whatever he prefers, make sure to bring a popcorn, soda or hotdog.

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Microsoft Uses Office Software to Attract Users

The Microsoft Corporation is going through great lengths in order to attract more mobile users. On June 29, it was reported that Microsoft will be making MS Office software such as MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel free on Android tablets. This is only one of the many marketing strategies the company is making in order to encourage more people to switch to Microsoft mobile devices using their software.

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The technology giant also released a new app that will make Outlook, their popular program for managing and sending emails, available for iPhone and iPad users. As of present, Microsoft is only third of the top mobile companies in the world, falling behind Apple and Google so the company CEO Satya Nadella is exhausting every marketing strategy to catch up.

On March of 2014, Nadella released a free version of MS Office for iPad that’s also touch-friendly. This caused a big buzz among the technology community because the said software became available for iPad before it was made available for Windows mobile devices.

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Microsoft hopes to establish a large base of users using Office apps in Apple and Android devices so that it will be easier for these users to be persuaded to sign up for Microsoft Office 365, a version of Office that is Internet-based and has a subscription fee of $7 a month for personal users.

Microsoft Office apps are also now available in the Google Play app store. The company is hoping it will get positive results similar to the success of Office apps in Apple devices, garnering a total of 80 million downloads since March.

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The Secret to Getting Abs

Most of us want to achieve a toned body. In fact, most of those who work out want to get defined abs to gain more confidence in themselves. We used to think that simply doing abdominal exercises like crutches and sit ups will help us instantly get a six pack.

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This belief may not be as accurate as you think. According to fitness coach Craig Rasmussen, doing abdominal exercises alone does not guarantee that you’ll get defined abs and make their sagging belly disappear.

Doing a lot of crunches daily does not instantly mean you’re getting a strong and intense core workout. Some typical core training exercises such as sit-ups and crunches work only the muscles that allow us to flex the lower spine. Real and effective core exercises allow the body to transfer force from the lower part of the body to the upper body, much like what we see in golfing.

Effective core workouts also target the same areas and muscles that crunches work on however, core exercises cover a bigger area because it also works out the hips and lower back muscles. A real core exercise allows the spine to be stable in its original alignment. Examples of this form of workout is the plank and the push-up.

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Fitness instructors observe that gym-goers achieve better results when they do core exercises as they start their workout compared to doing it at the end of the workout. The primary reason for this is it’s easier for the muscles to gain strength when they are fresh.

A strong core is essential in doing intense trainings like weightlifting because a weak core can hinder an individual from lifting heavier weights and doing more squats. In conclusion, a strong core is an essential factor in doing more intense forms of training to burn more calories, and get more defined muscles and abs.

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Live Music for Your Wedding Reception

Wedding live music is a major factor that can transform your wedding reception into a big success.

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The Agent and the Bandleader

In some instances, there is an agent who will take charge in finalizing the deal between you and the Singapore wedding live band of your choice. In such case, it is important that you get the name and contact number of the bandleader. The bandleader together with his or her band members are the ones in charge of a successful performance. Should there be specifications regarding the performance, everything should be coordinated directly with the bandleader.

Charm and Charisma

Sure you can request for sample CDs from your prospect bands, and listening to their songs can give you a good idea of what they can do and how pleasant to the ears their kind of music is. However, by that, you will be able to judge them only on the surface. Remember that they will be playing wedding live music, which means that they will be seen by the guests as the whiteribbon wedding live band from Singapore performs right in front of everyone. The best way to know whether they have the right amount of charm and charisma that can capture and captivate your guests is by judging them as they audition live or on video. Charm and charisma is very important because the band should entertain the guests not only by their music but also by their presence. They should be a good fit for everyone, and they should know how to engage with the audience.

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Versatility

Another important characteristic of the best Singapore wedding live band is versatility or having diversity of skills. Remember that your guest list is composed of individuals from different age brackets. The best live band is a group of musicians who can play music for any age or gender. They should be able to connect with the guests and their varying tastes and preferences in music. It can be quite a challenge, but a professional wedding live band can guarantee that to you. Furthermore, the band should be ready to cater to song requests that might pop up anytime from amused guests who want more.

The Contract Details

Typically, a professional wedding live band Singapore has a readied contract for you to affix your signature to. Just in case your chosen band doesn’t have one, you really have to prepare it yourself. The following are main details the contract should include.

 Date, time, and venue of your wedding reception
 How many band members will be present
 Who will provide and operate the lighting and sound equipment, as well as the mixer
 Time when the band will set up their musical instruments and other equipment
 The desired dress code for them during the wedding
 How many guests will be there
 The perks they can have during the event such as free food and drink at no charge and etc.
 When the initial payment for them will be made and the amount
 When the remaining balance will be completed and the amount
 The list of songs to be played
 A substitute band and the person responsible to contact the substitute band in case something happens and they can’t be present

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Best Way to Plan Your Wedding

Planning your wedding in Singapore can be a very thrilling, albeit tedious job. It is highly essential to research and learn all the details and specifics in order to plan your Singapore wedding without any inconvenience.

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When it comes to researching and learning how to plan your wedding, a trusted wedding portal is very helpful.  The wedding website will inform you of all the aspects and little details you need to cover in planning the wedding.

You can download a complete and comprehensive wedding checklist that is specifically constructed for Singapore weddings to help in your wedding preparations.

Picking a date

The first hurdle you have to accomplish in planning the wedding is to choose your wedding date. You might want to steer away from public holidays or special occasions because it will be extra hard to book wedding and banquet venues, or hire wedding photographers during those busy dates.

In Singapore weddings, the auspiciousness of your wedding date is also an important factor to take into consideration. To determine if your date is auspicious, you may consult the Chinese almanac or visit wedding websites in order to check if your chosen date is auspicious.

Your budget and theme

In doing your wedding planning research, you might have come across online articles that will help you work out your wedding budget. You might also want to start on your guest list to make it a whole lot easier to figure out if your budget is enough or you still have to cut cost.

Your reliable wedding portal will also give a hand in choosing your wedding theme. The wedding them and motif will also be the determining factor in other wedding details like wedding décor, bridesmaid dresses, wedding invites and the wedding venue.

The wedding venue

As said above, the wedding theme will help you in choosing the wedding venue. If you’re seeking to have a garden- themed wedding, then you can scout garden venues in Singapore like the Hort Park, Villa Halia or Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Tip:  Booking of wedding venues are required to be done 12 months before the chosen wedding date or easily right after making the wedding proposal.

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It’s highly important to hire your wedding vendors early since some services require being booked 10 to 20 months prior your wedding date. If you want to hire high profile wedding vendors, you have to strive hard to book them before other couples planning to be wed on the same date.

The wedding clothing

Firstly, looking for the bride’s wedding dress is very important and should be done early. Start planning your wedding outfit by looking for the new wedding gown trends in Singapore. After that you just have to choose the best gown that fits you the best and something that you really adore. You can also sign up for Singapore bridal packages to since these are more affordable and convenient.

Tip: If you’re planning to get your wedding gowns and suits custom-made, try looking for possible designs and tailors 10-12 months prior since custom-made gowns and suits entail a lot of work.

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Be sure to get your wedding invitations sent 6 to 9 months before the wedding date so that your busy guests can adjust their schedule and for you to determine if all or most of the people invited will be coming.

You may also start planning how your wedding styling would look like. This is also advised so that when your makeup artist or your hairstylist ask you what look you want to achieve, you can easily show them what you’ve researched and scoured the Internet for.

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Furthermore, you have to double check your wedding vendors if it is confirmed that you have booked them for that date. We don’t want any form of mishaps, do we?

Ultimately, a successful wedding planning is guaranteed if you have sufficient knowledge of the details involved in planning Singapore weddings. If you honestly do not know a lot about weddings, you may want to start with doing research in order to gain helpful information. Another thought is to hire an effective wedding planner to work hand in hand with you in planning the wedding.

How Music Influences Your Heart, Brain and Health

In Malaysia, there is a tourist bus that offers live music to entertain the tourists and passengers. Music is indeed entertaining if you put your heart to it. Busses that offer live music are not yet offered here in Singapore. Well, maybe in the not-so-distant future.

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You do not need to ride in a tourist bus to appreciate music. Music is everywhere and you can access it anytime. Music is a big part of our lives – it can influence your heart, brain and health. Here’s how music can influence your heart, brain and health:

  • Improves verbal and visual skills: Music at an early age can stimulate your child’s brain by improving verbal and visual skills. There is a study that showed children who were exposed to music early increased their ability to understand words and describe its meanings.
  • Keeps brain healthy: When you listen to music, your brain is like exercising. If your brain gets exercise, you will have better memory plus mental sharpness. You will keep your brain from aging.

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  • Music can make you happy: For music lovers out there, there is no doubt that music makes you happier. Music has the power to do great things. When you listen to music, your body secretes dopamine which is a feel-good chemical.
  • It can improve heartbeat, blood pressure and pulse rate: According to the observations of Massachusetts General Hospital found that patients with heart diseases have improved vascular health by simply listening to music.
  • It can improve sleep quality: When you listen to music, it has a magical thing that can put you to sleep. Stress and anxiety interfere with sleep but music can affect you positively.
  • It can boost immune system plus reduces pain: You have to know that cortisol – a stress hormone, can weaken the immune system which will increase the risk of heart disease. Listening to music for at least fifty minutes can uplift the immune system.
  • It can decrease feelings of anxiety and depression: There is a study in Drexel University. The researchers found that listening to music can reduce anxiety and can improve mood. In other words, it can have a positive effect on your psyche.

There you go. Music can do a lot of things in your life. It may sound simple and plain but it can influence you big time. So, if you have spare time, you can just sit around and listen to some good music. The genre will not matter as long as you are enjoying it.

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Tips in Hiring a Property Manager for Your Real Estate Property

Getting a managing agent to help you run your property in Singapore can be a good idea but hiring a personal property manager instead can be much better idea. But ones you have eyed a potential property manager, immediately hiring them won’t be really a good thing to do. Before having that person as your property manager, you should first check on the person’s background and ability to manage properties. To help you with that, here are some tips that you can use before you go and hire that property manager.

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1. Know the number of units that they’re managing. Finding out the number of property or units that your chosen property manager is managing can actually be helpful in deciding as to whether or not it’s the right decision to hire the person. The number of units that he manages can actually tell a lot about his capability to manage properties. Since you’re in the field of the property management business in Singapore, it would be better if you manage to hire a property manager that has the right skill and knowledge to manage your property.

2. Find out if they have their own rental properties. Ask your potential property manager if he has a real estate property of his own. If he happens to have a rental property, then it’s another thing that you can use to decide if you’ll hire him or not. Also, it helps to check sites like www.estateinfo.sg from Singapore to keep updated with the latest estate management issues. It can actually be beneficial if he happens to have his own property since he can properly relate to your own experiences as an investor or as a property owner. However, it can also be troublesome for you since your property manager can also become your competitor in getting some potential clients.

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3. Know how he’ll address your maintenance issues. It is important that you know how the property manager that you chose will conduct and see through the maintenance issues and complaints that your tenants have. It would be better if you expect that your property manager would come up with maintenance decisions based on the amount that will be paid to them but always remember that you should be the one who will set the amount that you will pay them for the extra services and not the other way around.

4. Make sure that they can make a proper documentation. Another important thing in the field of property management is the proper documentation of the things about your property and the things that are needed in your property. That’s why it’s important that you’re potential property manager is skilled enough when it comes to documenting the important details on the processes that’s done to your real estate property so that you can also track down the things that is happening in your property, as well as the actions that’s taken by your property manager to deal with the problems that might arise.

Hiring and looking for capable property managers can become a really tiring job to do but finding and getting one that is highly capable of managing your property can really be helpful in saving much of your time and money from hiring a managing agent instead.

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Entrepreneurship 101: How to Keep the Happiness Alive

Singapore is a lucrative place for entrepreneurs and would-be-entrepreneurs. Running your own business is risky and needless to say it is not for the faint of heart. If you are an entrepreneur, you should get the work done so that the people around you will be happy.

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It is important that you are also happy with what you are doing because if you are not, all things will be in vain. You need to keep the happiness alive so you can be engages. Here are some tips on keeping the happiness alive:

  • Do not let problems linger. Problems come but they will go if you do not let it linger. If you let even small things linger, you will surely be unhappy. Yes, there will be unhappy moments and irritations but it is your choice to succumb. The soonest you face it, the soonest you can get rid of it.
  • Respect boundaries. It is good if you dedicate your hours to the company because you will surely be successful but remember you have life outside the office. If you have family, when it is time to go home, go home. If your employees have hobbies, let them work it out. You have to create a balance and respect it.

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  • Celebrate victories. Every milestone should be celebrated no matter how small you think it is. Remember that Rome was not built in one day. Every great company starts with small victories. Even if it is a small victory, you have to celebrate.
  • Build a fun environment. You want to engage your employees so they will be happy. You have to make an effort to build a fun environment.

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Egg Variations in Singapore

Who doesn’t love eggs? If you love eggs, you should know that every October 10, the world celebrates World Egg Day. This is how the world commemorates the value of eggs especially in relation to nutrition. So, in preparation for this “egg”-citing event, you should know egg variations here in Singapore.

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If you are serious about tasting the best egg variations here in Singapore, you should consider the following dishes:

  • Century Egg Porridge: Many prefer the century egg porridge because of its consistency and flavour. You can head to 265 New Bridge Road to order this. It only costs S$ 4.
  • Eggs Benedict with Braised Lobster: If you love lobster and eggs, you should head to Quayside Isle. The dish costs S$ 36. Your appetite will be treated with poached eggs and braised lobsters.
  • Pizza with Egg: Eggs are delicious addition to pizzas. If you want to eat a pizza with egg dabbed in the middle, you should head to Bayfront Avenue. The pizza costs S$ 38.
  •  Omurice: If you want a Japanese egg dish, you should consider omurice and head to 177 River Valley Road. This dish features Japanese fried rice covered in an omelette. It costs S$ 16.80.

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  • Mini Spanish Breakfast: If you want to experience a traditional Spanish breakfast, you should try tapas and eggs. You can head to 16 Jiak Chuan Road and try their breakfast meals starting at S$ 10.
  • Scrambled Eggs: Who will forget about the traditional yet tasty scrambled eggs? You can cook this at home but if you want to try something different, you should go to 2 Bayfront Avenue.
  • Vietnamese Scotch Eggs: For S$ 16, you can try Vietnamese Scotch eggs at 23 Ann Siang Road. Instead of the usual chicken eggs, this dish features quail eggs with a twist.

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Smart Colour Choices for Small Bathrooms

You find that your bathroom is small and dull. As much as possible, you want it to be lively and sparkling despite of its space. If you have this dilemma and you want it resolved, you can either look for interior designers here in Singapore or handle it personally. If you choose interior designers, it will cost you.

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If you decide to handle it personally, you can do so. There are many materials here in Singapore that you can maximize. You must know that a smart design can transform your small bathroom into a lively and sparkling one. The most basic thing that you can consider is explore the paints. Paints can make a difference and choosing which one is not easy.

So, here are smart colour choices for your small bathrooms:

  • Earth colours: If you are fan of earth colours, you can paint your bathroom with it. You can consider light brown shade. This will add elegance on your small space.

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  • Citrus: If you want to revamp your bathroom with citrus shades (like bright tangerine), you have to be minimalistic about the rest like your mirror and other vanities.
  • Yellow: If you want a lighter mood, you can always choose yellow. Yellow can bring a sunny mood which makes the room bright and big. The overall style of your bathroom will surely level up.
  • Dark colours: For traditionalists, white is the colour of their bathroom but if you want a dramatic one, you should opt for dark colours. You can add glamour by putting detailed mirror.
  • One accent wall: One accent wall is an interesting one. This means that you choose one wall and colour it with only one accent. This is better than thinking of painting the four walls with the same powerful colour.
  • Highlight details: If the bathroom has already a colour, you can save money and make the space look bigger by simply highlighting the details like slanting ceiling and other woodwork. Highlighting it will surely elevate your bathroom.
  • Bold pink: If you want to command attention, you should consider bold colours specifically bold pink. You have to make sure though that you do not overdo it because if you let bold pink overpower your small bath, it will look even smaller.

For more colour choices, you can go to nearby hardware store and choose. At the end of the day, the most important thing is you are happy with the result of your bathroom. If you want it to stay as it is, you should not touch it in any way but then it would be plain.

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Travel Apps for the Traveller in You

There are a lot of magnificent places to see outside of Singapore. Now, it is up to you to discover them. If you decide to disregard it and just stay in Singapore, you are free to do that. However, if you want to satisfy the “wanderlust” inside you, it is time that you arrange your travel right away. It is crucial that you arrange it to ensure a safe, smooth and successful travel.

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You already booked airline tickets and hotel accommodations, what more can you do? Well, apart from packing, you have to install a friendly travel app. You may find travel apps simple but its use will be beneficial for you at the end of the day. So, here are some travel apps for the traveller in you:

  • Couchsurfing: When you travel, you spend more money on your accommodation. This is not right since you only use your room every night. You are out most of the time, right? If you want to save money on your accommodation, you can use this application. Other couchsurfing members around will be more than glad to offer you free accommodation. This application is available on iOS and Android.
  • Wandermates: The good thing about solo traveling is meeting another solo traveller. This application will help travellers organize meet-ups and search for other solo travellers within the area. It lets the traveller view the profile of other solo travellers. This application is available on iOS and Android.

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  • Banjo: You constantly check your social media accounts (like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) if you are wondering what is happening in the lives of your friends. This is battery- consuming. This application can help you by sending real-time stream of updates from your friends. As if it is not enough, it will notify you when you have friends nearby.
  • Roamright: If you want to be sure and secured, you can maximize this application. This application will provide you with directory. The best thing about this is it can serve as your personal translator.
  • Citymaps2go: Roaming alone is dangerous that is why you need to be sure where you are. This application will serve as your offline map so you can go to places without getting lost. It does not need WiFi.

When you go out there, you need a reliable partner. In this modern age, gone are the maps and the compass. When you go on an unexpected journey, you only need your travel apps and you are free to go. Enjoy the world! Indeed the world is a beautiful place to see.

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What’s in the News?

Almost all people around the globe are affected, influenced, educated and sometimes being entertained by the News. This is because news is a true story of people and events that cannot be altered or edited. Apart from giving a bunch of information, news is really helpful in many ways. For instance, whenever there’s a flood in a specific town, news personnel will go to the actual site where the flood exactly takes place. This is for the public to know that the situation there is very dangerous. Thus, as a viewer, you tend to be more alert and ready at all times.

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Why Gather News

Apart from the reality that people must really know the situation in a particular place, news are collected so that there would be a file for the events that might be historic for a country perhaps. On the other hand, news is something that may help the economic status of a nation boost. How? This is through press releases and other techniques that are being used by the media. Through these tools, there might be an opportunity for the third world countries to be known by the top nations in the globe.

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Media Dangers

There are a lot of people say that when you enter the real world of media; you have to sacrifice many things – It maybe your valuable belongings most especially your family. Also, being a staff in media has a lot of dangers like covering a live exchange of bullets from the terrorist group and the army troop, live coverage of typhoon and many more.

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Singapore: Being a Journalist

In the media world, journalism is said to be one of the most exciting professions here in the country. However, this could be as challenging as you can imagine. This kind of career is not the same as writing articles though this is a simple write-up to compose. As said, challenges arise in this type of profession. On of these are the obstacles on how you are going to ask questions to your interviewee most especially when something terrible happened. Being a journalist is also like being a soldier,; you bring nothing, you will also gain nothing. Moreover, am9ng the hardest part of being in this type of career is that you will not be able to retreat once you are already in a particular location or situation.

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Although it is tagged as a dangerous profession, many still continue because there are also things that might interest them. And this is about travel. This is only the bonus of being a journalist – to be able to tour around different places to write an article.

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Usually, becoming a journalist needs a degree of formal education. This is to test the ability of an individual to solve problems on his own and live like he’s alone.  In this field, you will not now what will happen. Like for instance, you are assigned to a warzone. Typically, as a journalist, you Ned to see things so that you will be able to write down factual information so that people can prepare or at least know what to do next.

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Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities in the World

Forbe’s has released its latest manifesto for the most powerful celebrities in the world. There are Singaporeans who were shocked of the results while there are others who think that they (people on the list) deserve their spot. Regardless of what you think, it is worthwhile to explore the list.

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Before anything else, you might be wondering how Forbes created their list. You should know that the bases for the list are (1) earnings estimates (2) number of times a celebrity is mentioned in TV, print or radio from June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2014 and (3) social media. The compilation was made possible by Google, The Nielsen Co., Publishers Weekly, Box Office Mojo and many more. So, here are the list of top 10 most powerful celebrities in the world:

  • Beyoncé Knowles: Beyoncé topped the list. The thirty two year old singer derived most of her wealth from music.
  • LeBron James: Who would have thought that LeBron will become the number two? Believe it or not he is. The twenty nine year old athlete derived most of his wealth from basketball.
  • Dr. Dre: Dr. Dre ranked number three. The forty nine year old musician derived most of his wealth from music including electronics.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Oprah used to be number one but now she is down to number four. The sixty year old personality derived most of her wealth from television.
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Like Oprah, Ellen is a famous personality. The fifty six year old personality derived most of her wealth from television.

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  • Jay-Z: Jay-Z is actually the husband of Beyoncé and he is not far behind his partner. He is a forty four year old musician and derived most of his wealth from music.
  • Floyd Mayweather: If boxing is your thing, you will never forget about Floyd Mayweather. He is in fact one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. The thirty seven year old athlete derived most of his wealth from boxing. 
  • Rihanna: Like other musicians, Rihanna will never fall behind. The twenty six years old musician from Barbados derived most of her wealth from music.
  • Katy Perry: Katy is number nine. The twenty nine year old musician derived most of her wealth from music.
  • Robert Downey, Jr: Who will forget about Iron Man? In the movie, he is one of the most powerful and it remained true in real life. He is number ten. The forty nine actor derived its wealth from movies.

Actually the list goes on. There are about 100 people listed in Forbe’s most powerful celebrities in the world. Singaporeans are anticipating next year’s list patiently. Watch out!

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How to Sleep Comfortably at Night

Climate change is taking a toll. Singapore and other tropical countries now experience warmer and wetter climate. Temperatures rising and storms becoming frequent are a sign of intense weather conditions. According to Richard Corlett, an Ecologist, Singapore will become warmer “than anywhere on earth”. With that, the government is doing its best to alleviate the conditions.

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What is the impact of warmer climate to Singaporeans? For one, you cannot go out often especially with the scorching heat. You cannot also sleep comfortably at night. If you have problems sleeping at night because you do not have an air conditioner, you can always consider other alternatives. You have to know that there are many ways to remain cool so you can sleep for the night. Here are some suggestions you will find helpful:

  • Open windows: The obvious alternative is to open your windows when you are about to sleep. If you open your windows, you are increasing air circulation. Do this when it is safe. If your neighbourhood is not that safe, forget about this alternative. Do not compromise the safety of your family.
  • Blow cold air: Another good alternative is to purchase commercial ice cubes and put it in a container. In front of the container with ice, put your fan. The fan will blow cold air. Just make sure to put enough ice to get you to sleep.
  • Wear socks: If you want an economical way, you can wear cold socks. You should know that the feet lovers the temperature of your skin and the whole of your body. Putting cold socks there will help you sleep. Just rinse your socks in cold water then wring them until they are moist. Wear them right away.

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  • Take a bath: Before you go to sleep, you can take a bath so your body will be cool. If you cannot take a bath, just wet your face using a damp cloth. You can also wipe other body parts like arms.
  • Sleep on a bamboo mat: If you really cannot sleep, you can consider sleeping on a bamboo mat. This is the traditional way of sleeping coolly. Bamboo mats do not retain heat and they can be comfortable all night long. These mats are inexpensive and readily available anywhere.

Avoid using air conditioners because they are one of the culprits of climate change. You will eventually find something that will work for you. You need to sleep to regain your strength. Sleeping should not be that difficult.

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Getting to Know the Designs of Red Dot Singapore

The History of the term ‘Red Dot’

Before discussing the fashion trend emanated by the label “Red Dot,” let us first know the origin of the term ‘red dot.’ Red dot is a famous term used to describe Singapore. Singapore is known to many countries as the ‘little red dot’ because this is how Singapore is marked all over the world. It was the Indonesian President B.J. Habibie who coined this term in the goal of criticizing the economy and development of Singapore. This criticism, especially the red dot, marked the minds of Singaporeans and was noted in the reply speech made by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. From then on, they used the term ‘little red dot’ or ‘red dot’ as inspiration and something to drive them to success. Now, red dot signifies pride of the Singaporean nation.

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‘Red Dot’ as a Trademark in the Arts and Crafts Industry

A museum known in Singapore, Taipei and Essen also follows the line of giving pride to the term red dot by creating unique and state-of-the-art clothing designs. Red Dot is a red building with a exceptional architecture because of its shape, design and eye-catching red color. Wait until you go inside their museum where they showcase different products of different designs.

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Red Dot museum hosts 1,000 different designs from 55 countries all over the world. it is even the first ever museum in Asia to exhibit contemporary designs. Visitors of the museum will get their eyes full of colourful and colourless products and designs of a pool of designers all over the world. Visitors mind will also be twisted on thinking how designers have created something so great. Aside from going to the museum to have a firsthand Red Dot experience, one can have a sneak peak of their creations and creativity through their advertisements, brochures and magazine features.

Unlike museums which strike down the move of visitors to feel the exhibited designs, Red Dot encourages visitors to touch and try designs. Competitions are also held by Red Dot to open doors to aspiring designers and artists. You can also take home and buy the designs exhibited here.

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Home Remedies for Eye Bags

Some people say that eye bags are something to be proud of because they are a symbol of how hardworking you are. It is an outcome of sleepless nights, overtime at work and taking care of your responsibilities even late at night. All of these may be true; however, eye bags do not look that good. They make one look tired and haggard; therefore, when they come out, they need to be managed.

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One good remedy for eye bags is using tea bags. After drinking tea, you can use the tea bag for your eyes. Allow them to rest in your closed eyes for a while and then rinse. The caffeine content of tea will help in reducing the inflammation of the blood vessels in the eyes.

Other blood vessel constricting remedies which can be easily found at home, particularly in the kitchen are cucumber, potatoes, egg whites and cold water. Just cut some potatoes and cucumber and put these in your eyes for a while. Chemicals in these foods help in making the eyes puffy. Cold water and egg white, on the other hand, makes the eye bags stiff therefore inhibiting it to swell and also decreases the swelling. Cold spoon are also good eye bag removers also because of the temperature.

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Other natural remedies are crushed mint and almond oil. All you have to do is to apply them under your eyes where the eye bags are before you sleep. Rose water is also an effective eye bag remover.

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Ayam Buah Keluak: A Dish to Taste Before You Die

Many of us are looking for some food in other countries. However, we tend to forget that there are a lot of delectable, jaw-dropping and appetizing foods that is found in our own homeland. One dish is a Peranakan (Straits-Chinese) favorite. It is an unforgettable recipe since it has been passed down from generation to generation and today; it became one of the most loved dishes in Singapore.

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Truly, it is one authentic Peranakan dish. Ayam Buah Keluak is usually made with chicken slices but sometimes it is made with pork. This recipe is mixed with “kelauk”, a variety of nut that has a hard shell with a tangy liquid inside. The kelauk creates the delicious taste that will surely make a person sated.

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On the other hand, if you think that it’s a difficult recipe to prepare, you’re correct. In fact, the rempah (an ingredient that is made of seven substances) takes half a day before it is cooked well. To make Ayam Buah Keluak, the first thing to prepare is that nuts, you have to soak it water for at least two days. Then, before you are going to cut the nut in half, make sure that you got the black flesh inside the nut.

After that, pound it and combine with other spices. And lastly, mix the pounded nuts, chicken and the rempah. However, you must boil it for another half day until the sauce become thick. This recipe is really hard to find in the metro because of its tiring preparation but if it is perfectly cooked, it will guarantee you pure satisfaction.

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