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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Nasi Padang: An Awesome Taste for Food Explorers

We all know that Singapore has different cuisines. Actually, the different culture that conquered Singapore had contributed a lot to the Singapore’s food preparation, taste and style. Today, there are four main cuisines in Singapore. These are Chinese cuisine, Indian, Malay and the Peranakan cuisine. As usual, Chinese bring the recipe for noodles, sushi and other raw foods.


For Indians, they have shared delectable coconut milk recipes while the Malay and Peranakan contributed to the hot and spicy dishes in Singapore. Of all the cuisines in Singapore, Chinese cuisine was the popular not just because they have the most number of races in the country but because it is loved by many Singaporeans. On the other hand, Indian recipes are also included on the list.


One great recipe prepared by Indians is the Nasi padang. Nasi padang is a dish that is uniquely cooked in a hot and dry manner but it is a very flavorful food. Actually, there are a lot of food stalls and restaurants in Singapore that serves nasi padang. The most well-liked Nasi padang booth in the country is the Hajjah Maimunah Nasi Padang.

The place provides a homey experience wherein your family members and friends can share buffet. You may also find some time to relax by finding the best Nasi Padang stalls in the vicinity.  But if you haven’t found one restaurant that serves nasi padang, try another location. If you cannot find it in our favorite table, don’t mind it because there are too many restaurants and fruit place to leave.



Motives for Cybercrime

Cybercriminals dominate the cyber world. These people are only determined to take advantage of other people or organizations. Singapore government is warning all companies to be wary of cybercriminals. Cybercriminals target organizations, companies or private sectors that they think they will gain a lot. Whether you belong to a company or you work alone here in Singapore, it is important that you learn how to defend your site.


Before you fortify your defences, it is crucial that you understand the motives of cybercriminals. Here’s an idea:

  • Money: Money is undoubtedly the primary motive of cybercriminals. Most cybercriminals seek to make financial profit out of their actions. Money is a good motivation.
  • Emotion: If the criminal goes after his/her emotion, it is the most destructive one. When they burst out, they do not care whether they will profit or not. They only care to hurt an organization, company of the individual.


  • Sexual urges: Sexual urges belong to emotion but it is stronger and some of these criminals are the violent ones. These people are exploiting the sexual impulses of other people and use it for profit or to stir emotions from the subject.
  • Politics/religion:  Politics or religion is also closely related to emotion. People are very emotional when their beliefs (politics and religion) are targeted. As a result, they commit terrible crimes in the name of their beliefs.
  • For fun: There are people who do not need money, mentally stable and financially able yet they still commit cybercrimes. These people only do this for fun. They do not care who will be affected as long as they are happy.

Now that you know the motives behind the minds of cybercriminals, it is time that you put your defences and make it strong. For a start, you need to constantly change your password. You also need to contact your internet service provider if you suspect anything amiss.


Laser Lights and Aviation Safety

The number of people using laser lights rose here in Singapore. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) warned the people that laser lights can endanger aircrafts. The agency warned those who use laser lights that if it strikes into the cockpit, it can cause confusion or distraction for pilots. In severe cases, it can cause temporary blindness to the pilots.


Changi Airport handles hundreds of landings and take-offs every day. It is therefore important to ensure the safety of the passengers and the crew. The offenders can be fined S$20,000 to S$40,000; they can also face 15 months of jail time. This is according to the Singapore Air Navigation Order.

If you are thinking of reducing the hazard, pilots and other aircrew can consider the following measures:


  • Laser safety goggles: There is such thing as laser safety goggles. These goggles are made in the lab. Although there are studies that question the efficacy of laser safety goggles, the fact remains that it can be a big help.
  • Glare shields: Pilots can simply rely on glare shields. These shields act like your window’s blinder. It can be pulled down (in the windscreen) which can significantly reduce the incoming lights.
  • Smart goggles: Smart goggles have the power to detect laser lights. When it detects laser lights, it will immediately activate the dimming or blocking.
  • Laser detectors: Laser detectors can be a good help. It can record the illumination. It will not do anything except record. The information can then be used for later references.

You should care about this especially if you are constantly travelling. Apart from the order issued by the government, establishments should also refrain from selling laser lights.


Singapore: The Surprising Healing Power of Acupuncture

Today, acupuncture has become one of the best methods chosen by many people to cure several ailments such as stroke, vomiting and many common diseases. As a matter of fact, it can treat almost anything since it gives relief to your glorious body. Aside that acupuncture is said to heal a multitude of conditions, it is also a known remedy for stress.


Stress creates a lot of pain all over the body and because of this agonizing feeling, other body parts are affected preventing people to work at their best. Fortunately, in Singapore, people ensure that they will eliminate that feeling with the use of their modern equipment and with the help of their professional acupuncturist.

Some conditions that are brought by stress are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as well as stomach pain. Also, it can affect our mind which may cause anxiety and/or depression. Furthermore, it can completely destroy our liver which makes it more difficult for the body to detoxify. Medical acupuncture society states that acupuncture is advantageous most especially to all women. Acupuncture is believed to have healing powers to women with gynecological problems which includes infertility.


Actually, acupuncture is one of the many methods that are used by conventional Chinese apart from healthy nutrition, herbal medicine and more. Using acupuncture tools, many sicknesses can be fully recovered. Acupuncture is not a harsh activity nevertheless a calm and gentle procedure to alleviate diverse pain inside and outside our physique. Sometimes, it is an enjoyable technique of therapeutic as it only uses a needle. Since acupuncture is said to be a serene undertaking, it may change a lifestyle and most probably modify a disorderly mind.



Singapore – The Road to Become a License Orthodontist

The road to become a licensed dental orthodontist is a long one. It takes a lot of effort and dedication. Although it’s a weary journey to pass, you’ll be rewarded since it is one of the highest paying jobs in the world. What’s even more rewarding is that you can help people improve their appearance and enhance their self-confidence.


In Singapore, Orthodontist solves every problem you have with regards to your denture. Therefore, it will give you the perfect smile. Most of the time, many people think that tooth doctor is not working.

What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists or dental care providers are specially trained individuals who are focused on repairing and preventing tooth damage and other dental problems such as misaligned jaws, crooked teeth, underbites and overbites. Before they can complete that, they need to complete several trainings and education.


How Do You Become an Orthodontist?

As said, becoming a certified orthodontist is very difficult duty. It’s like facing all challenges in one time. Usually, it takes 10-12 years of formal education before you can acquire a license in the field of Orthodontics.

First, you need to obtain a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree (most of the time Bachelor of Science but Bachelor of Arts will do). After that, you will enter into a dental university and study for four (4) agonising years to sharpen your knowledge about dentistry. After you completed 8 years in a university, you will be required to accomplish at least 2-year Master’s degree to broaden your understanding about dental care. Then, after completion of the said education, you’ll proceed to one-year training.

It’s not the end yet since you will have to take a board certification examination. Upon passing this examination, you are officially a certified orthodontist.

About Dr Kelvin Koh

History of Giant Pandas

Fossil evidences suggests that Giant Pandas were already found throughout an area that is now known as Eastern and Southern China during the Pliocene epoch which was around 2 million to 3 million years ago. Some other fossils of these animals have also been found in Northern Vietnam and Northern Myanmar. The giant panda have been featured in a number of ancient Chinese texts. A 2,500 year old geography book entitled The Classics of Seas and Mountains referred to these creatures as “black and white bear like animal that resides in the Qionglai Mountains south of Yandao Country.


This book also named the huge animal as Mo which was the ancient name for the species. The giant panda was first made known to the Western world in 1869 when the naturalists and French missionary Père Armand David reported his study and examination of a dead hunted specimen. German zoologist Hugo Weigold became the first Westerner to catch a glimpse of a live giant panda in the wild (1916). In 1935, American socialite Ruth Harkness brought with her a female giant panda cub with her to the United States.


Su-lin (the first giant panda to reach the country alive) was presented in the Brookfield zoo in Chicago and gained the world’s attention and adoration during her short life. Other giant pandas brought to zoos in other countries also died early because of the deficiency in knowledge and information on how to care for them properly. In the 1950s, the Communist Government of China started to dole out giant pandas as a sign of goodwill to other countries (a practice which is popularly known as “panda diplomacy”). China presently loans pandas for exhibits and presentation in zoos all over the world in a program that aims to conserve and prevent extinction of the giant panda species.


Habitat and Behavior of Red Pandas

Red pandas reside in temperate forests located in mountainous regions with altitudes if 6,000 to 16,000 feet (1,800 to 4,800 meters). They occupy hollow spaces in trees, rock dens or caves. The natural predators of red pandas include the yellow necked marten and the snow leopard. Their diet is chiefly made up of tender bamboo shoots and leaves; their diet also includes berries, acorns, roots and sometimes small birds and eggs.


These creatures becomes chiefly active during sundown and throughout the rest of the night. Red pandas are usually solitary creatures except during their first year of life (which is mostly spent with their mothers) and during the mating season (wherein fighting for a particular female can occur). These creatures are dexterous and adept climbers; they often rest of groom themselves in the branches of trees.


Their grooming routine includes licking their body and scratching their faces using the hind and fore paws. The mating season of Red pandas usually takes place in the first three months of a year (January, February and March). Gestation period usually takes 5 months. A litter of young are usually composed of 2 (but may consist of 1 to 4) offspring. The young are usually born blind and covered with thick gray fur.

They reach adult size in 12 months and reach sexual maturity in about 18 months. Generally, these animals have low reproduction rates and only a few numbers of cubs can survive in the wild. They can live around 7 to 8 years in the wild but can survive for 14 years in captivity. It is already considered an endangered species due to unregulated habitat destruction.



Hello Fun Weekend!

Sometimes, we get so caught up with work that we have nothing else on our minds but projects, deadlines, and more projects. We have our minds set for work five to six days in a week that when the weekend comes we haven’t planned anything special or enjoyable to do. Now, that’s not such an exciting prospect, is it? So, to help you have a well-spent weekend, here are a few suggestions worth considering.


Massage Your Stress Away

All that paper work, long hours of working in front of the computer, and that stress-packed environment at work can certainly take a toll on your poor body. But not to worry because one quick way to solve that problem is to visit a spa and get a lovely massage to soothe your strained muscles and rejuvenate your mind from all that stress. One place you might want to try is St. Gregory Spa, which offers different traditional healing therapies and what’s more convenient is that it has four branches to choose from: Pan Pacific Singapore, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Pan Pacific Orchard, and PARKROYAL on Pickering.

Let’s Go Swimming!

The sun is up, the weather is good, and the last time you went to the beach was ages ago. So, why not take a lovely trip to your favorite beach? Either with your friends or just alone, going to the beach isn’t a bad idea at all. The place will relax you and will surely take your mind off your stressors. Now that you have a plan, the next question is exactly where to go? Well, there is of course the beautiful stretch of beaches Sentosa has to offer: Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach, and Tanjong Beach.

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Weekend is Synonymous with Partying

For some reason, you’re just not into massages and relaxation. Instead you’re more into releasing all that tension from work through dancing, loud music, and being around a larger crowd. Then, call up your friends and get pumped up because what’s coming to you is a weekend of all-out partying! Looking for an underground club? Then Home Club is the place for you. Known for supporting local bands and artists, Home Club is a sure way to enjoy a night of dancing and good music for young and adventurous clubbers. If you still can’t sleep after hours of partying, then why not go all the way and party till sun rise! Insomnia, located in Chijmes, is open 24 hours and will surely satiate your partying needs.



Getting Fit for Summer

Summer isn’t just a season anymore. It has now become a platform for people to showcase the fit bodies that they worked so hard for. Add to that the increasing popularity of selfies, it wouldn’t be any wonder that many people would also want to get their bodies selfie-ready this summer. So, if you’re planning to hit the beach and show off that great, sculpted body of yours or you simply want to stay in shape, then these exercises will guide you to achieve that goal this summer.


A Mix of Dance and Aerobics

Want to be on trend and stay fit at the same time? Then let yourself be familiar with Zumba. This trendy fitness program was created during the 1990s by Alberto Perez, a Colombian dancer and choreographer. Zumba is a combination of dance and aerobic elements and since it includes a variety of dance styles, the music also varies to suit each dance style. To get you started in this fitness program, try enrolling in a class at 1Fiesta. They offer different types of Zumba classes and have 11 different locations all over Singapore. To know more about them, visit their website: 1fiesta.com.sg.


Time to Toughen Up

Have you already heard about Crossfit? Crossfit originated in Seattle, Washington and was founded by Greg Glassman in 2000. It focuses on improving muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. This fitness program is known for its intense workouts which includes Olympic weight lifting among others. To find out if you’re tough enough for this, CrossFit Hub Singapore offers an introductory class every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 12PM. Be updated and view their site at crossfithub.com.



Who should be at the Singapore Entertainment Awards 2014?

If you are a fan of Asian entertainment, you should look forward to the upcoming Singapore Entertainment Awards (SEA). As a prelude, fans are given the opportunity to choose which artist they want to see during the post-awards party. Fans should vote for their favourite artist. If you want to vote for your favourite artist, just log on to sg.shownearby.com and start voting.


The last day of voting will be on April 10, 2014. So far, the favourite artists of Singaporeans include:


  • Rainie Yang: Rainie Yang is a Golden Bell Awardee and award-winning singer in Taiwan. Aside from that, she is also a TV host. She is also a host. She was first known as a member of a quartet girl group known as “4 in Love” in 2000. The group disbanded in 2002 but that was just the beginning of Rainie’s career. She played supporting roles in many dramas like Meteor Garden.
  • Alien Huang: Alien Huang is a Taiwanese entertainer. He is an actor, fashion designer, lyricist, presenter, writer and illustrator. He was born on November 28, 1983. He was first part of a Japanese boy band HC3 but it was disbanded in 2002. He then went to Taiwan and formed Rock Records but it was also disbanded in 2003. That did not stop him. He decided to went solo and he succeeded.
  • Super Junior-M: Super Junior-M is often called SJ-M. The boy band group was established in 2008. SJ-M is the 3rd most successful sub-group diverged from the Korean Super Junior. They perform electronic, dance, pop and R & B. Their members include Henry, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Zhou Mi, Siwon, Kyuhyun and Ryeowook.
  • Aska Yang: Aska Young is a Taiwanese singer. He was born on April 4, 1978. He graduated with a degree in Guidance and Counselling. He continued his Master Degree in Sports Psychology. He debuted as a finalist in a singing contest in Taiwan called One Million Star.
  • Lee Seung-gi: Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean MC, actor and singer. He was born on January 13, 1987. He debuted when he was still 17. His first album “The Dream of A Moth” gained him entry to the entertainment industry in South Korea and eventually the whole of Asia.

This is brought to you by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd in partnership with U-Weekly, omy.sg and UFM100.3. The SEA is an annual event which gives credit to talents in Singapore and the whole of Asia. This event also promotes and encourages regional and local entertainment scene.

What are you waiting for? You should get your phone and vote for your favourite artist. The best part is you get a chance to win tickets to the special post-awards party where you can meet and greet your idol. You have to wait for the announcement of the winner. At the end of April, everyone will know.


When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?

If you think that you are ready to buy your new home, think again. You should know when is the right time to buy a new home because it can make a big difference at the end of the day. According to the data furnished by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange, the number of transactions of HDB resale dropped last year by 19%. The private non-landed units also dropped by 47% last year.


What does this mean? This means that this may be the right time to buy a home. If the home you are eyeing is within your budget and you think you can discuss about a discount, you should pursue. Buying a house is perhaps the biggest decision you will ever make. Right timing is important because it can help you save the hassle and money. Here are some tips on deciding the right time to buy a home:


  • Watch out for housing prices: the first thing that you should do is watch out for housing prices. The market is not steady. You have to look for the best opportunity. If the prices are increasing steadfastly, you have to buy soon. If the prices are dropping, you should think twice. If the prices are falling gradually, you need to move soon. If the houses are sinking fast, you need to wait for a while.  
  • Evaluate your credit rating: The next thing that you should do is evaluate your credit rating. Can you handle it if you will buy a house? If you think you cannot handle or afford it, you should delay it. If you have been bankrupt recently, this is not the right time to buy a new home.  
  • Tax credits and loans: The government is giving loans for people who want to buy new flats. You have to keep in mind that not all the time there are available government schemes. If government schemes are not available, you can also consider private financial institutions.
  • Mortgage: If you choose to consider mortgage, you need to think of the down payment. Some agencies ask for a 20% of the price as a down payment. If you consider that, do you have the money right now? 

Sometimes it pays to be patient. If you think that you are not ready, you should not push it because it can affect your standing. If you have the money and you found the perfect home to build a family, you have to consider it immediately before other people discover it. Good luck on your endeavour!

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New Law for Cleaning Industry

If you survey the workforce and ask who earns the lowest, you will surely find out that cleaners belong to this group. The good news is that the government is thinking about passing a new law that can guarantee an increase of cleaner’s wages to at least S$1000 per month. For their supervisors, they can make at least S$1,600 per month. There are 55,000 cleaners enduring basic monthly salary of S$820. These people can surely gain from the new law. Security guards can benefit from this law too.


This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tharma Shanmugaratnam on January 8, 2014. Since April of 2013, the government only engages Clean Mark Accredited companies to ensure the Progressive Wage Model (PWM). PWM compels accredited companies to pay their cleaners wages as endorsed by the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC). But the government is thinking of extending this rule across the cleaning industry.


The Environment and Water Resources will pass a bill to present a compulsory licensing rule. Under the Environmental Public Health Act, there will be a requirement that all in the cleaning business need to obtain license to function. The main licensing requirement is for cleaning companies to pay their cleaners with wages as ordered by the PWM. The Environment and Water Resources should fulfil this licensing rule by September 2014.

If the act is passed, the government will take defiance seriously. For companies that will attempt to evade this act, penalties will be imposed upon. For instance, breach of PWM will cost the cleaning company their license; it can be revoked or suspended. For customers obtaining cleaning services from non-licensed companies will suffer penalties.


Exploring Taman Jurong Museum


If you might remember, the very first community art museum here in Singapore opened its doors last January 2013. The 85 square meters museum located along Yung Sheng Road drew about 24000 guests. Some of these guests are from the Heartland. Many people go to the museum because they want to witness the artworks from the national collection which includes sculptures, murals, paintings and other installations.


You should know that the museum was initiated and made possible thru the efforts of the National Heritage Board (NHB), Taman Jurong community supporters and PA (People’s Association). The idea of residents making their own art and feature it in the museum is a new one. Its success is undeniable. The museum is called Our Museum. Apart from community art, the museum features the works of artists like Urich Lau, Tay Bee Aye, Ben Puah and Terence Lin.



Our Museum is open every day except for PH (Public Holidays). Be advised that from Mondays to Fridays, it will open starting 3pm to 7pm. If it is Saturday and Sunday, it will open from 10am-6pm.The admission is free. You do not need to pay for anything when you go here. If you have any questions, you can call the museum at 6265-1711.

The museum is appealing because patrons now do not need to travel to the city to get a glimpse of artworks. If you are from the city, getting to Our Museum is easy via bus or train. Some of the artworks are completed by TJ residents. This charming museum should expect more guests in the years to come.



Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme


Singaporeans who are fond of hawker foods were pleased to know that two hawker centres located at Holland Drive and Tanjong Pagar reopened on January 1, 2014 after undergoing Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP) for ten months. The National Environment Agency (NEA) spearheaded the upgrading to increase customer satisfaction.

The government realized that the early generation hawker centres need upgrading to raise its condition. Truth be told, the republic launched the HUP that costs S$420 million in 2001. The upgrading covers:


  • Replacement of Stools and Tables – The stools and tables of some hawker centres are faded and worn. The upgrade will replace the stools and tables. This will surely entice more patrons. They will be more comfortable.
  • Upgrade of Toilet Facilities – There are patrons who will evaluate a place based on its toilets. The HUP will cover upgrading of toilets. The toilet facilities should be cleaned so patrons will consider the place next time.
  • Replacement of Pipes – Part of the upgrade is the replacement of water pipes, sewer and other sanitary pipes. This will make the centres more clean and hygienic.
  • Re-Roofing – Re-roofing is also considered if it is necessary. If the roof is worn, it needs replacement but if it is still sturdy, it can be recycled.
  • Re-Wiring – Wiring is important. If the wirings are torn and worn out, accidents happen. Staffs or patrons may suffer electrocution. Sometimes it can cause fire too. Re-wiring is a total necessity.
  • Improve Ventilation – Hawker centres should improve their ventilation system. The government will install mechanical exhaust system to take care of the circulation of air.

There have been 106 upgraded hawker centres since 2001. There is no doubt that Singaporeans love hawker centres. The government is willing to spend so much for its upgrade. The authentic style and taste of hawker foods appeal to Singaporeans, tourists and the foreigners.

If you are craving for hawker foods, you should head directly to the nearest hawker centre. If you are worried about its sanitation and ambiance, do not be. It is completely safe. Enjoy the food!



International Year of the Family

Singapore welcomes the International Year of the Family. In line with this, MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development) have created series of activities and events to promote family relationship. The series of activities and events jumpstarted when twenty one couples renewed their marriage vows on January 1, 2014. That was just the beginning. There are many activities and events coming.


The family is the basic unit of society and it is only right to empower them. It is good if you participate and bring the whole family because you can benefit from it. As a start, you can look forward to the following activities and events:

Chingay Parade

The Chingay parade is an annual event here in Singapore. It is anticipated by all people. MSF will use this parade to bring awareness to all people especially when it comes to family relationships. There will be a special float for the International Year of the Family.

Social Media Campaigns


Apart from the Chingay parade, MSF is looking into bringing more awareness to the people by using the social media. Social media campaigns will be launched specifically during special occasions and Public Holidays.

Speed Dating

Singles should never feel isolated because they can take part in the International Year of the Family. MSF is thinking about speed dating. The event will give opportunities for singles to find and meet their partners. If the singles decide to push the relationship further, they are free to do so.

These are just a few. If you want to know more about family-themed activities and events, you can get an update at iyf2014.sg. The series of activities and events are made possible with the help of grassroots organizations.

How Hoarding Influences Families

Life is difficult if you are living with a hoarder. Whether it is your mother, father or sibling, you do your best to understand their behaviour but sometimes, it gets out of hand. When you say hoarder, it refers to a person that collects and stores large quantity of things for “future use”. Dealing with a hoarder is different from dealing with people who have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

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Hoarders may not realize it but their actions or behaviours will greatly influence their families. Here’s how hoarding influences their families:


There are many things that hoarders collect and store. Sometimes it will get the most part of the house. This will cause inconvenience and discomfort to other family member because there is no enough space for other activities.

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Sanitation Practices

Since there are many things in the house, sanitation is an issue. Hoarders simply stack things without cleaning it. This is an enticing sight for rats, cockroaches, ants, termites and other pests. Sanitation is important because it includes the health of the family.

If you have a mother or a father who is obsessed with hoarding, you will be embarrassed to take your friends and classmates in your house because of all the clutter and the mess. Sometimes, kids may feel resentment to their parents for having such obsession.  Social Isolations

Structural Weakness

When things are too heavy for the floor to bear, that is compromising its structural integrity. Papers and magazines are very light but if a hoarder acquired tons of it, it will surely put pressure on their floorboards. If there is a fire, there is more damage because of the flammability of other materials.

If you cannot stand it, you should ask your mother, father or sibling to get help. Therapy can help him/her. We accept and love him/her whatever he/she is but sometimes destructible behaviours or practices need to be controlled.


How to Prepare Fish Head Curry


You are craving for something spicy. Why not eat fish head curry? Fish head curry is a simple yet very tasty dish here in Singapore. It involves stewing of red snapper fish with vegetables and hot curry. The distinct taste of the fish head curry can be attributed to the tamarind. It will surely take your breath away.

If you want to savour this, you can either go to Indian restaurants that specialize this dish or you can cook it personally for your family and friends. Here’s how:


You have to secure ingredients first. You need ½ lb of cleaned fish head, 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of chilli powder, 1 piece red chilli, ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, 3 teaspoon of coriander powder, ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, chopped ginger, 5 pieces of garlic cloves, 1 piece onion, 2 pieces cinnamon stick, 1 cup of coconut milk, 2 pieces of tomato, oil and salt.



After preparing the ingredients, you can start cooking. The first thing that you need to do is heat up the pan then fry the seeds (fenugreek, cumin and mustard), garlic, ginger and cinnamon. Add little water to make a paste. In another pan, sauté onion and tomato, add the powders (cumin, chilli, turmeric and coriander) and mix the paste. Wait for it to boil then add a little salt and the fish head. Do not forget to mix it with coconut milk until it is cooked well. You can now serve it with rice.

Your family and friends will surely enjoy this dish. If at first you do not succeed, try again. You will surely get better in time.

Benefits of Going to Aesthetic Clinics

Men and women in today‘s era are spending too much in their physical appearance. Most people who are investing too much are the celebrities because they always rely in their body most especially their face. They don’t even think of how expensive it is as long as they have seen the good effect of it to their physical appearance.

Also, there are people who still stick with all natural products that will improve their appearance. Products such as creams, soaps, lotions, beauty pills and other drugs that is taken and/or injected. Knowing that the effect is not that exact or perfect, people still patronize these products because it is affordable. However, they do not know that going to aesthetic clinic like aestique aesthetic is more affordable and you can really say that what you spend for is worth it. This is because of the equipment that these aesthetic clinics use – modern and in good quality.


In Singapore, many people are investing for their body. Using the new technologies that aesthetic clinic Singapore offer, they can guarantee that you will be more beautiful and sexier. In patronizing these treatments, people will gain benefits not just around their body but also in their inner self.


People usually lack confidence especially when they think that they are not beautiful. People with defects on their face or on their body who have not gone to astique aesthetic clinic singapore for a procedure will be afraid to go out because they don’t want other people to see them and they don’t want to be criticized. It is very hard for them to socialize especially when they know that they may not be recognized. However, lack of confidence will end after going to aesthetic clinic. Clinics offer different facial and body treatments to enhance the physical appearance such as eradicating acne, skin whitening or tanning,  removal of hair that grows everywhere in your body, replenish damage skin and more.

Weight Loss

When you think that you are a candidate to lose weight, aesthetic clinics is the place or you. There are numerous people in Singapore that are fat and some of them want change. They tend to go to the gym and perhaps go to a sauna and then have some workout while carrying weights. Instead of going to the gym and spend months of workouts without losing weight even a little, why not going to your aesthetic doctor and see what he can do with you. Aside that the procedure is fast, you can also guarantee that you will see its effect.



Many people say that going to aesthetic clinic is only a waste of money. In fact, it is not. The procedures in every patient seem to be expensive but in reality, it is not because you can guarantee that it is safe and effective. For face lift the price varies depending on the number of wrinkles a patient have.

Going to aesthetic clinics may be a burden for people and they always believe that they cannot afford to try it. However, people will always try something different and match it with what they have encountered. For example when you are patronizing creams, lotions and more and then you see that having aesthetic treatments is more effective than what you’ve maintained. In short, try something that you know it’s effective and is worth your money.