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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.

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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.

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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.

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Exploring Taman Jurong Museum

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme

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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:

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  • 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!

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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How to Prepare Fish Head Curry

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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:

Ingredients

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.

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Preparation

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.

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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.

Confidence

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.

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Affordable

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.

 

 

Singapore’s Bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site

Singaporeans want the Botanic Gardens to be included in the list of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site. UNESCO was established in the hopes to encourage and promote respect for justice, law, freedom and human rights. It has programs which include science programs, literacy programs, history projects and preserving world’s culture and natural heritage.

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Going back to the World Heritage Site, there have been more than one hundred submissions from Singaporeans that want the Botanic Gardens in the list. According to the National Parks Board and the Heritage Board, the submissions are mostly comments of support for the nomination. The two boards are encouraging Singaporeans to submit responses and comments. These responses and comments will be included in the nomination profile to be submitted on February 1, 2014.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is 154 years old. Visitors should look forward to the following attractions:

National Orchid Garden

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The main attraction of the century old garden is the National Orchid Garden. You will see many attractions within the National Orchid Garden such as the Orchidarium and the Coolhouse. There are more than 2000 orchid collections.

Evolution Garden

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The garden covers more than three acres of land. The land is home to tree ferns and spikemosses grow abundantly. The garden presents a story of the evolution of plants through the ages.

Rainforest

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There is a tropical rainforest in the Botanic Gardens that covers about six hectares. If you want to see the bigger rainforest, you should go to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Both rainforests are located within city limits.

There are other attractions like the Botany Centre, Ginger Garden and the Children’s Garden. There are three lakes (Symphony, Swan and Eco) and steam walk here. Other attractions are still being developed like the Learning Forest, Marshland and the Foliage Garden.

Economic Growth 2013

MTI (Ministry of Trade and Industry) released the economic performance of Singapore for Q3 (third quarter) of the year 2013. According to the numbers released by MTI, the economy significantly grew by 5.8%. Furthermore, MTI anticipates an overall economic growth of 3.5-4%. This is higher than the previous forecast of 2.5-3.5% increase. The growth is prompted by sectors like:

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Wholesale Trade

When you speak of wholesale trade, it includes electronic components, construction and industrial machinery. Apart from that, others sectors like telecommunications, food, tobacco, petroleum, chemicals and computers also contributed to the rise of the wholesale trade here in Singapore. The Department of Statistics noted a 2.8% growth in this sector (not including petroleum) in Q3 of 2013.

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Manufacturing Industry

There is also a noticeable expansion of the manufacturing industry. According to PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index), the manufacturing industry increased 51.2% in the month of October 2013. This is higher than September’s which is 50.5%. The increase was attributed to higher orders thereby amplifying the production of factories especially that the holiday season is drawing near.

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Transportation and Storage

The transportation and storage also attributed to the growth of the economy. This is a key sector which supports and enhances the connectivity of Singapore to external markets. In 2012, this sector compromised of 7.7% share of the country’s nominal value added. The sector includes courier services, warehousing, storage, land transport, water transport, air transport and other facilities that support connectivity.

This is good news for the people and the industries/sector. If this continues, things will be better for all people and stakeholders.

What Does a Locksmith Do?

Locksmith, as a profession, has been practiced even from ancient times, ever since locks and keys were first used. From then, there have been people who have specialized in making and repairing locks. At present times, many locksmiths in Singapore provide their services for installing and repairing any locking device from the most basic locks to the most high-tech home security systems.

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They work with metal

Originally, locksmiths fabricate locks and keys from metal. They are skillful in metalworking, and can create different security devices for houses, cars, and other things. Modern locksmith Singapore is even better. They can now work with electronic locks. These can range from basic key card entry systems to even more high-tech biometric locks. Indeed, locksmiths can do more things now than ever before.

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They install, repair, and adjust

A locksmith is knowledgeable in all aspects of locking devices. Aside from working with metals, they are also adept at installing, repairing and adjusting locks of any kind, from buildings to cars. A lock for a building quite differs from one that is for a car, and only proficient locksmiths like prosmith the locksmith from Singapore are able to deal with them. They don’t only produce locks for you, but will also take charge installing them the right way. If there’s a problem with your lock, a locksmith Singapore can also adjust and repair it for you.

They provide consultation

Nowadays, locks have become more technologically advanced. Before, we only have simple padlocks. But now, we already have biometric locks that are activated by biometric features, such as fingerprint, signature, retina, or voice. This innovation in locks in Singapore has become a great advantage to modern businesses as this means improved security and protection. Any modern locksmith also offers consultation services to people who wish to reinforce their security systems. Since burglars these days are more nimble-fingered, business owners should also step up with their security by utilizing the best security devices.

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They can diagnose problems

There are no other people in Singapore who can identify problems with security systems and electronic locks but professional locksmiths. To be able to do this, one must have the necessary tools and equipment for locksmithing. Locksmiths have the essential instruments for the practice of their trade. These include instruments for fabricating and duplicating keys, picking locks, programming electronic locks and other tasks. A locksmith Singapore cannot simply diagnose a problem without having the right apparatus.

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They rescue you

Ever experienced being locked out of your house and you have no spare keys to open the door? Well, good for you if you haven’t been in this unlucky situation yet. But if you ever lose your keys and have no duplicates, and you can’t enter through the window, the best person to come to your rescue is a locksmith. There are emergency locksmith Singapore available 24/7 who have the necessary tools to unlock a door easily and without any damages. They can work with cars, too.

They provide assistance

Locksmiths automatically become their clients’ best friend. Once they have successfully installed a lock on a house or an office building, they become the key people to be contacted should there be a problem. Some locksmiths even have extra key sets just in case quick entry is needed. Of course, this will only be done by request of the client. Your locksmith in Singapore may also keep records of relevant information, including types of locks used in a building and repair and replacement work undertaken.

Home Renovation Tips

An interior designer conveyed that many HBD flat owners here in Singapore are willing to splurge money for sprucing their units. These flat owners are willing to spend more or less S$100,000 for renovations. For others, this is pure luxury, but to some, this is a perfect investment. In the future, when you decide to sell your flat, you can then put a higher price tag on it.

If you are bent on renovating your flat, you should do some serious thinking. Here are some tips that you need to consider when you are thinking about home renovation:

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Budget

The first thing that you should consider is the budget. If you have enough money for the kind of home you want to achieve, by all means pursue it. However, if you think you need bank financing or taking a loan, you can still pursue it, but you have to make sure to stick to your budget and not exhaust all your money for this.

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After determining the budget, you have to think about hiring an interior designer. Do not leave everything to your designer, you have to take part in the process so you will be happy with the results. You need to tackle themes and ideas so the interior designer will know what to do and you will know what to expect.

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Renovations are expensive but it will depend on the extent of your renovations. There are others who pay for less. If you want to spend a hefty amount of money for your renovations, it’s your prerogative to do so. Just make sure that it makes you happy. Good luck on this endeavour.

Fire Risks for the Blind

A fire sparked at a Marine Crescent flat on October. According to the SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) a body was discovered by firefighters. The body found was believed to be the body of a blind man. The authorities are looking through the cause of the fire.

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Without a doubt, blind or visually impaired persons face a lot of challenges every day when it comes to their personal safety. Interacting with an environment that you cannot see generates many potential health and safety perils or risks. In the event of fire, blind or visually impaired persons have higher risks of injury or worse death. If you are around a blind or visually impaired person,you should learn how to help him/her.

Do not let him/her do things alone: While it is recommended that the blind or visually impaired practice self reliance, it is imperative that you watch him/her all the time. There are household activities that can ignite a fire. They may accidentally ignite a fire so it is important that you look after them. When there is fire, he/she can less likely extinguish it or escape it. If he/she is trying to suppress a small fire, they are highly susceptible to burns.

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Practice fire safety: The most effective approach is to practice fire safety. Practicing fire safety can increase the survival of blind or visually impaired. No matter how hard it is, you should teach the blind or visually impaired the things to do when there is fire. Preparedness can spare his/her life. You have to introduce and practice the escape plan. Safety also means equipping the house with smoke detectors and sprinkling system.

Healthcare Services and Facilities in Singapore

Singapore has one of the best healthcare services and facilities in the region and around the world. In fact, according to the IMD World Competitiveness (Yearbook 2009), we are the 4th best healthcare infrastructure in the world. WEF Global Competitiveness Report (2009-2010) mentioned that we are 7th highest in the world when it comes to life expectancy and 3rd lowest in the world when it comes to infant mortality. The MOH (Ministry of Health) is responsible for the strong foundation of healthcare systems. MOH primarily ensures the quality and affordability of basic medical services to all.

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Singapore has many healthcare institutions comprising of private hospitals, public hospitals and specialty centres. These provide an absolute spectrum of services from dental to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There are no perfect medical services but Singapore is doing its best to cater to all people and cure as many diseases with the help of healthcare services and facilities. Services and facilities include:

Primary healthcare services

This is offered by professionals like nurses and general practitioners. These professionals are the first reference of patients; the patients can then be referred to hospitals and medical specialists for more treatment and checks. There are about 18 polyclinics plus 2,400 private clinics all throughout the island.

Hospital services

Singapore has a total of eight public hospitals which are comprised of six general hospitals, one women and children’s hospital and one psychiatry hospital. These hospitals offer 24 hour emergency and inpatient and outpatient services. Aside from that, there are about six specialty centres (cancer, eye, cardiac, skin, dental and neuroscience).

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 ILTC

ILTC (Intermediate and Long Term Care) refers to facilities for patients who do not need hospital care but still need continued care. It can be residential ILTC or community based ILTC. Residential ILTC are for people who have acute, chronic, terminally ill and ex mentally ill. The services that you can research from perfect medical sg comprise of community hospital, nursing homes, chronic hospitals and hospice and respite care. Community based ILTC are for frail elderly. The services comprise of doctor visits, nursing care, palliative care and many more.

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There are public dental services which are accessible in a number of hospitals and polyclinics and the National Dental Centre. The HPB (Health Promotion Board) concentrates on pre-emptive dentistry especially to school pupils.

Support

There are support services too. Support services refer to healthcare programmes and hospitals that offer blood transfusion services. In addition, support services also include pharmaceutical services and forensic pathology.

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TCM

The healthcare services here are based on the Western medical science however there are groups that still consult to TCM practitioners. TCM is not only prevalent here but it interests that whole world. With this, the MOH is reviewing the practice of TCM here. This is for the benefit of patients who consider TCM practice.

Legislations

MOH simply wants to ensure that services are delivered to all. There are many Statutory Acts (over 20) and policies that regulate public health as well as safety. MOH encourages the public to participate in the amendment and creation of new regulations to better the services. The public’s feedback can form part in the decision of the ministry.
Singapore is proud of its healthcare infrastructure. Though there are no perfect medical services, the government is doing its best to reduce and prevent diseases, making the healthcare accessible to everyone and promote health and wellness. It will be enough.

Types of Tentages in Singapore

Tents are among the best choices of equipments that party hosts in Singapore utilize whenever an outdoor event needs security from unpredictable weather changes. Because of this necessity, tent rental companies in Singapore adopted the different needs of different event types when it comes to the structure and physical appearance of tents. This is the main reason why every tent supplier such as nanyang tentage offers a number of selections for their clients to choose from. Here are the types of tents commonly found in most tentage rental companies in Singapore.

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1. Pole Tent
The conventional design of pole tents adds sophistication to the event’s overall appeal. Pole tents have elegant peaks with sweeping dramatic lines that look as good on the inside as they do from the outside. The poles are ideal for decorating with flowers and other hung décors, and the peaks lend enough space for a variety of exceptional lighting designs. This type of tent model that is also available from Nanyang tentage singapore are appropriate with carpeted or wood floors, swags and ceiling liners, elegant light fixtures, TV columns, and many other accessories. Tent rental companies commonly suggest these tents to events like weddings, trade shows, private parties, and corporate gatherings.

2. Clear Span Tent
The sturdy structure of clear span tents makes this type of canopy as one of the favorites by many large event organizers like nanyang tentage. Built with a system of extendable components, clear span tents can be modified in width, length, and height to meet your event’s specific needs. This type of tent has no exterior ropes and interior poles that may hamper in the arrangement of tables and chairs. Moreover, the interiors of the tent can be dressed with any kind of fabric or wood panels in the color you prefer. You can even add cooling or heating units to keep guests at comfortable temperature no matter the weather outside. Clear span tents are suitable for weddings, trade shows, private parties, corporate gatherings, and sporting events.

3. Frame Tent
Frame tents are also one of the commonly used tents due to its unique combination of strength, convenience, and affordability. Frame tents are made of lightweight tubular frames so they can be mounted and dismounted faster without requiring much manpower, unlike clear span tents. These tents are best for lounge areas, hospitality tents, check-in stations, and food-service booths. Like clear span tents, tentage rental providers commonly recommend frame tents for events like weddings, trade shows, private parties, corporate gatherings, and sporting events.

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4. High Peak Tent
These tents are designed to offer you the same elegant appeal of high peak pole tents with the benefits of a clear span tent’s robust structure. Eye-catching and functional, high peak tents make a vibrant and impressive focal point in an outdoor event. If a single canopy isn’t enough for your large-sized party, multiple high peak tents can be connected through common walls made of different accessories, like tables and chairs or even a flat screen TV column. Events best with high peak tents are sporting events, trade shows, and corporate gatherings.

5. Double-Decker Tents
This two-tiered tent structure allows you to multiply your guest capacity without increasing your land area. Constructed with the same extendable components as the clear span tents, double-decker canopies are also available in a different lengths, widths, and heights. These tents can even be accentuated with external and internal stairways and balconies so that a single two-tiered tent can be divided into several private spaces. Double-decker tents are best for corporate gatherings, trade shows, and sporting events.

Shopping for Electronics in Singapore

Singapore is widely known as a shopping paradise for all sorts of items, including gadgets. Many shoppers have said that the island country is a rewarding place to shop for high-tech gears. As a matter of fact, people from across Southeast Asia come here to experience the latest must-have gadgets.

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A Wide Array of Choices

Competition of IT and electronic shops is quite fierce as they are sprawling over all areas of the island. This gives shoppers a chance to hop from one store to another to compare prices and products, thus helping them make wise decisions.

Best Prices

Though Singapore is no longer quite the bargain shopping destination it once was, but still, if you want to have the best price for the latest gears, Singapore remains the best place to go. Prices of must-have gadgets are considerably less in here than in Europe, for example.

Excellent Customer Service

Singapore is definitely the safest place in Southeast Asia to purchase electronics. Not only you can be guaranteed original products, but also you can benefit from their excellent customer service. However, return and exchange policies at many shops are often restrictive.

Recommended Outlets for Electronics Shopping

Whether you are looking for a smartphone, a digital camera, a netbook, or a desktop, shopping malls in Singapore house countless electronics retailers and stores. You can start your search at ION Orchard Mall where a whole floor is dedicated to electronics. Funan Digitalife Mall is another good shopping destination for high-tech gears. Mustafa Center in Little India, a 24-hour department store in Singapore, also has several computer shops and other electronics retailers, and prices are often lower than in IT malls.

Experience the Beauty of Singapore in a Day

There is so much in Singapore that every traveler has to explore. If you will be in Singapore for a day, you might want to visit any of these places to make your short stay worthwhile.

Pulau Bintan

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Pulau Bintan is one of the islands that comprise Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. Just a ferry ride away, you can explore the town of Tanjung Pinangm, which has a strong Chinese influence. In here you can find intriguing museums, and you can shop in their traditional market. You can also enjoy water sports, or simply swim and laze in the sun.

Pulau Ubin

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Pulau Ubin is an island lying off the east coast and is accessible by a 15-minute boat ride from Changi Pier. This rustic island can give you an idea of how mainland Singapore must have looked like five decades ago. Because life here is laidback, you can explore the island by tricycle or on foot.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Singapore is actually one of only two places in the world with an extensive primary rainforest. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a wonderland for the real adventurer as it is full of challenging trails. You can either go hiking or mountain biking while spotting long-tailed macaque monkeys, monitor lizards, and different species of birds.

Jurong

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West Singapore has a lot in store for every individual looking for places of interest to explore in just one day. In this seemingly tranquil suburb, you can find Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Discovery Center, Science Museum, and Snow City. Indeed, Jurong offers nonstop excitement with the many things to see and activities to do in here.

Wonderful Architectures for Prayers

Singapore may be a small country, but it’s packed with many wonderful wonders, some natural and others made by man’s ingenuity. Indeed, the buildings in the country are so impressive any citizen can’t help but feel proud just for living here. Here are two prime structures you can visit anytime. Feel free to stroll through these sites and bask in its wonder:

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

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Established in 1861 and located in St. Andrew’s Road, this church has been proclaimed as a national monument for being the first and largest Anglican Church in the country. The church was planned by Colonel Ronald McPherson. Outside, you will appreciate the regal facade. Upon entering the church, you will see the curved entrance and the stained glass window panels.

Sri Mariamman Temple

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The Sri Mariamman Temple is located in South Bridge Road, and one of the country’s few remaining structures featuring the Dravidian style. As our first Hindu temple, it has also been proclaimed a national monument. The temple is known for hosting celebrations like Thimithi and weddings.

For more modern architectural wonders, head to and be amazed by Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Sands SkyPark, the Helix Bridge and Resorts World Sentosa. These places will give you world class entertainment, shopping, arts appreciation and the best food experience. If you want to witness live concerts or performances, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will surely entertain you. Of course, these are just but a sample of our country’s wonderful structures.

Where to Learn Yoga in Singapore

Yoga can keep that overall glow and strength of the body. Aside from the physical aspects, yoga can help relax and condition the mind and the soul. Where will you find an exercise that touches all these things? Yoga is a form of relaxation or meditation that originated from India. To date, people who practice yoga is increasing around the world. If you want to be a part of the revolution, you can look for yoga studios in Singapore. Here’s a guide:

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1.   True Yoga – True Yoga studios are located in Level 4, Collyer Quay. True Yoga is owned by True Group which is one of the biggest fitness centres in Asia. In fact, True Yoga is considered as the largest yoga centre in Singapore. It has multiple awards.

2.   Updog Studio – Updog Studio also offers Hot Yoga and other yoga types like Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yang Yoga and Core Fusion. It is located in East Coast Parkway.

3.   Pure Yoga – You can find Pure Yoga in Ngee Ann City and Chevron House. It offers Yoga types like Hatha, Yoga Dance, Power and Yin and other practices.

4.   Absolute Yoga – Absolute Yoga is the pioneer fitness centre that brought Hot Yoga in Singapore. It is recommended for people who want to lose weight because of its heated temperature which encourages more sweat. Absolute Yoga centres are located in Telok Ayer and River Valley.

If you are a beginner, you may find it difficult to follow some exercises but when you learn how to focus, you will surely excel. Yoga studios also offer courses for advance practitioners. If you know other studio, you can go there.

The important thing here is you are enjoying the process. Yoga is not easy but if you are dedicated, you will surely see its benefits in time.

The Meaning of Indulgence

Not all people have the same idea or notion about indulgence. You may see it as an indulgence but others will think otherwise. Regardless, the true meaning of indulgence is taking pleasure in simple things. Spa treatments for example are the simplest form. There are countless spa establishments here in Singapore. If you want the best experience, start with the following:

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Qi Mantra Remedial Massage

Qi Mantra Remedial Massage is nestled in Kim Seng Promenade. The spa offers traditional Chinese therapies (acupressure) and essential oils. Despite of traditional therapies, you will enjoy their modern decors. Services start at S$25 to S$200 which is quite affordable for many. The spa is open from 10AM to 10PM every day. You can simply go through their website at QiMantra.com.

Aura Royalis Spa

Aura Royalis is nestled in Toa Payoh. They are famous for their signature massage. In fact they are considered as one of the finest spa in town. Services start at S$38 onwards which is appealing for busy executives and working individuals. The spa is open from Monday-Friday (10AM to 9PM), Saturday (10AM to 6PM) and Sunday (12PM to 6PM). You can simply go through their website at AuraRoyalis.com.

Kenko Wellness Spa

Kenko Wellness Spa is nestled in Esplanade Mall. This wellness spa offers therapeutic treatments and massages to alleviate tender muscles, sore joints and migraines. Foot reflexology is their signature treatment. Services start at S$30 to S$100 which is enticing for many. The spa is open every Monday-Sunday from 10:30AM to 9PM. You can simple go through their website at Kenko.com.sg.

If you prefer staying at home, you are free to consider that. But for a world class pampering experience, for once in your life, go to these places and you will surely have the best time.

Where to Buy Cheap Souvenirs in Singapore

If you are planning to visit a friend from another country, it is best if you look for souvenirs first before heading there. If you are particular about the price, you can consider the following places to buy cheap souvenirs:

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Peninsula Plaza

If you want to purchase items that speak of Burmese culture, Peninsula Plaza is the best place. It is located in North Bridge Road. It opens from 10am to 10pm. They offer Burmese items like clothes, jewelleries, accessories, handbags, textiles and food.

Mustafa Centre

Mustafa never closes. If you need to buy your souvenirs early in the morning or late in the evening, Mustafa is always ready to serve you with numerous cashiers so you will not stand in line and wait for a long time. You can find all things here from clothes to jewelleries, gadgets, DVDs, foods, perfume and many others. It is located in Syed Alwi Road.

Lucky Plaza

Lucky Plaza is within Orchard Road. It opens from 9am to 10pm. The Plaza offers different items such as perfumes, gadgets, cosmetics and other accessories.

Chinatown

Chinatown stores are open from 9am to 10pm daily. There are many Chinese products here like antiques, tea and herbs. There are also wares, bags, clothes, shoes, perfumes, gadgets, accessories and jewelleries that you can purchase.

Bugis Street

In Bugis street, you will find many stores that offer different items. You will find items such as clothes, magnets accessories, jewelleries, perfumes and many more.

There are other stores that you can consider but you should know that prices are not the same. If for instance you purchase souvenirs in Malls, prices are certainly high. The places mentioned above are your best option. You can put your bargaining skills to practice. You will surely get great deals.