Fascinating Destinations for Wildlife Fanatics

The world is filled with wonders. If you are someone who has a penchant for wildlife and all its glory, you are definitely a wildlife fanatic. Seeing and observing animals in their natural and unadulterated habitat are simply a marvellous sight. You cannot be just satisfied here in Singapore. There is a world out there. Go out and see it.

If you have to travel the world, do it. There are many remarkable wildlife destinations that you can consider. Here are some:

Galapagos Islands
Your first destination should be the ever-famous Galapagos Islands. Many wildlife fanatics enjoyed the island because of its intriguing wildlife creatures. There are many that inhabit the islands and the fact that it is where Charles Darwin came up with Theory of Evolution is something remarkable.

Namibia
Not all people know about Namibia and for those who know it, are afraid to go there. You have to know that Namibia is the first country to include wildlife protection in its constitution. Here, you will see endangered species like cheetah and black rhino. The country has at least twenty national parks and the numbers have grown since. You will see other animals too like lions, elephants, zebra and springboks.

The Amazon Rainforest
Your wildlife experience will never be complete without going to Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is in fact home to more than thirty per cent of the world’s wildlife. You have to visit this place at least once in your life. It is home to otters, macaws, pink dolphins, anacondas, frogs, jaguars, anteaters and many more.

Antarctica and the North Pole
If you want to witness the icy wilderness, you have to go to Antarctica. However, some habitats are destroyed because of the melting of the ice. That is truly a heartbreaker. Antarctica and The North Pole is home to many animals like seals, penguins, albatross, whale, reindeers, owls, polar bears, walruses and foxes.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is also a good place to get started because it has the largest concentration of wildlife animals in all of the United States. There you will see wolves, grizzly bears, bison, badgers, moose, bighorn sheep, deer and otters among others.

What are you waiting for? Start planning and packing. Remember that climate change is taking a toll on wildlife. It means that sooner their habitats will be naught. Observe while you still can at the same time help to protect it. That is the least thing that you can do.

19 Sep 2017

Online Shopping Tips for the Chinese New Year

There are a lot of reasons why many Singaporeans look forward to Chinese New Year – hearty dinners, reunions, foodies and shopping. You enjoy shopping especially days leading to Chinese New Year because of different deals and promos. It is good to have new things this New Year as a symbolism of good fortune in the coming days.

This year, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 28. You need to prepare many things before it arrives. It can be overwhelming that is why sometimes, many people forget about buying new things or shopping. The good news is that you do not need one day to buy everything. Even with just a little time, you can purchase many. Have you tried online shopping?

Many online stores are available these days. With just a touch of your fingers, you can purchase all the things you want in the world minus the queuing. You have to be careful though because it can be addicting. You do not want to start your New Year with an addiction or worse, with debt. To help you minimize it, here are some tips on online shopping:

1. Set your budget and shopping list. The first thing that you should do before actually clicking anything is to set your budget. This will be called your spending budget. This is to determine the ceiling or how much you can afford. It can help if you also make a shopping list so you can just stay focused on those items instead of buying anything that picks your interest.

2. Sign up for an online store’s mailing list. It was mentioned earlier that there are many online stores these days. These stores send mails to their clients for special discounts and flash deals. It is important that you sign up for that store’s mailing list. If you really like the store, sign up for their mailing list immediately.

3. Shop with a friend. If you have friends around or family members, it is better to shop together so you can save on shipping expenses. It may cost you if you buy a little and sometimes there are sites that demand “minimum purchase”.

4. Choose stores with an exchange or return policy: Online items or merchandise can be a disappointment sometimes and as a customer, you should have a right to return and exchange it for a better one. With this, you should make sure that that store you chose has this exchange or return policy. This is your way of being protected against any disappointment.

15 Sep 2017

10 Edible Mushrooms You Need to Try

These edible mushrooms make a great addition to common dishes. Here are some that you need to try.

1. Chanterelle or Girolle
Appearance: Chanterelle is yellow or orange in color and funnel-shaped with ridges and a cap.
Used For/In: Sauteed in oil/butter/cream, included in wine recipes, souffles, soups, cream sauces, dried, flour seasoning, and cooked with meat, cheese and chillies.

2. Enoki or Enokitake
Appearance: Enoki are white, thin and long. They are also called golden needle, lily, winter fungus, velvet foot/stem/shank, winter or seafood mushroom.
Used For/In: Canned or used fresh for salads and soups. Enoki shouldn’t be cooked for more than 2 minutes.

3. King Trumpet
Appearance: Sometimes called French horn, king brown, boletus of the steppes, king oyster, trumpet royale and Ali’I oyster. It has a white stem and a tan-colored cap.
Used For/In: King Trumpet is roasted, used salads or stir-fried. It is also stored because it has a long shelf-life.

4. Maitake/Sheep’s or Ram’s Head
Appearance: Also called signorina or hen of the woods, maitake grows as a cluster of brown or grayish spoon-shaped caps.
Used For/In: Maitake are commonly grilled, sauteed and used as a garnish for pasta. The possibilities are endless however.

5. Oyster/Tree/Abalone Mushroom
Appearance: Most of oyster mushroom’s caps are not attached to stems. The stems (if any) have gills.
Used For/In: Oyster is sauteed, stir-fried and used in a lot of vegetarian diets. They are usually torn up and not sliced.

6. Porcini
Appearance: Also called cep, penny bun or porcino, these are reddish-brown in color with whites on the margins. They are sticky and club-shaped.
Used For/In: Porcini are dried, canned, pickled, frozen or sold fresh. They can be consumed raw, ground, sauteed, and used in soups and salads.

7. Portobello
Appearance: Portobello mushroon is white or brown when immature. The white is also called button, table, champignon and common mushroom. Brown is sometimes called Swiss brown, Roman, Italian, cremini/crimini, chestnut or brown cap mushroom.
Used For/In: Salads, soups, stews and any dish that has liquid.

8. Reishi/Lingzhi
Appearance: Reishi has a red kidney-shaped cap. It’s one of the oldest medicinal mushrooms in history.
Used For/In: Reishi is pulverized or thinly sliced then boiled and simmered to remove its bitter taste. Most are used in soups.

9. Shiitake
Appearance: Shiitake has a brownish cap and white stem. The donk type or the dounggou has a pattern that looks like a flower on the upper part.
Used For/In: Shiitake are prepared fresh or dried and used in soups, vegetable dishes. It can also be simmered, steamed or sauteed.

10. Shimeji
Appearance: Several species are sold under the same name including the hon-shimeji, velvet piopinno, buna-shimeji, bunapi-shimeji, hatake-shimeji and shirotamogidake. Shimeji are native to the East Asian region.
Used For/In: Shimeji can’t be consumed raw. They are used stir-fried and slow-roasted dishes, sauces, stews, soups, and mixed with seafood.

29 Jul 2017

What’s With People and Their Hair?

Every year, a person spends a lot of money to keep a hairstyle. Women spend more on treatments and styling. This article is not going to try to justify people’s obsession with hair but instead will list points on why getting a decent hairstyle is good for your image, health and career.

History of Hairstyles. For centuries, our crowning glory has played a part not just in fashion but even in history and religion. Long hair has symbolized femininity in most cultures, but warriors in some ethnic groups wore long hair to symbolize their status. Cutting of one’s hair is like demoting a warrior. Shaven hair was a symbol of shame for some. Even the Bible mentioned that the hair was a woman’s crowning glory.

Your Hair is You. What the rest of the world sees is often their basis for judging you. The old adage “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” has a nice ring, but it’s difficult to apply when you look like you’ve just woken up and haven’t taken a bath. Not all of us have the time to get to know you, especially your prospective employers.

If your work involves talking face-to-face with people, you’d be more convincing and less suspicious if you look your best. You don’t need to look like Brad Pitt. You need a decent hairstyle to match the image you’re trying to project. It might be the key to a business deal or an employment opportunity.

Health Indicator. A healthy hair is also a sign of good health. When you don’t have dandruff, lice, and scalp diseases it’s a good indicator that you’re clean and healthy. Just like skin and nails reflect your overall health, hair can also show symptoms of diseases. Your attention to hair will reflect how you take care of yourself.

Damaged, thinning, or graying hair can be a blow to one’s self-confidence. If you see changes in your hair, you will need to re-examine your lifestyle or look for medical causes. It could be a side-effect of medications, skin diseases, lack of or the body’s inability to absorb nutrients, or some other disease. Doctors also point out these factors: too much sugar that shrink hair follicles; too little zinc, iron and protein in food (remember that your hair is made of protein); too much or too little glycemic food; too much vitamin A; and too much mercury from seafood that make your hair brittle and thin.

The Best Salons. Ready for a new hairstyle? Here are the best salons in Singapore you should check out.

Chez Vous Hair Salon and Izumi Salon are the most recommended by women.
Kenaris Hair Salon and CLEO Hair & Make @The Central are the most recommended salons by men.
Baby Spa, Junior League, and Scissors Paper Stone are the best children’s salons.

26 Jul 2017

Best Clothing Pieces to Wear With Your Leggings

If you’re creating the perfect clothing pieces for your wardrobe, then you certainly wouldn’t miss owning a pair of leggings. Not only are these pieces comfortable, they’re also very versatile. So if you’re wondering what clothes to pair your leggings with, simply check out our following tips.

1. Oversized Sweaters and Leggings

Pairing it with an oversized sweater is one of the best ways to cover up your booty when wearing this stretchable, tight-fitting pants. Not only are they perfect for the cold weather, they also give your bottoms enough coverage to avoid getting any judgemental looks. Plus, our leggings won’t always be able to protect us from cold, so incorporating a bit of warmth on your top could help in balancing it out.

2. Ponchos and Leggings

Although leggings are commonly used by most women, they are often seen as plain and boring. By pairing it up with a poncho, however, you’ll be able to spice up your get-up and give it a more stylish look. Ponchos also work wonders in terms of enhancing one’s appearance with its asymmetrical hemline, so you’ll get the coverage you want along with some warmth and a little dash of flair.

3. Flats and Leggings

Want to give your leggings a dressier look? Pair it up with your favourite flats. Matching it with heels and pumps might make your ensemble fall a bit short, but that wouldn’t be the case with flats. They’re dressier than your sneakers, but it won’t make you appear like you’re trying too hard.

4. Sneakers and Leggings

Whether you’re headed to the gym or running some errands, the pairing of your leggings and sneakers is something that will never go wrong. Not only do they work wonders on your good old black leggings, they’re also an excellent match even for the colourful ones. So if your closet is filled with coloured leggings, simply opt for neutral-hued sneakers (whites, blacks and greys) to pull your get-up seamlessly.

5. Combat Boots and Leggings

Thinking of pulling off an edgier look using your leggings? Simply pair it with your combat boots. Known as a staple wear during the colder months, you can always choose to either go for the classic combat boots or the 1990’s favourite Doc Martens.

Perhaps you didn’t think that there was a science to wearing leggings, but just like with any other fashion trend, there are some tips and tricks that you can use to make dressing up your good old stretchable pants easier and more fun.

23 May 2017

Proper Care and Storage of Gold Jewelry

This timeless metal is valued for its color and durability. It’s also less expensive than most gemstone jewelry like diamond, but more fashionable and less likely to tarnish than sterling silver.

Jewelers will recommend an 18 karat gold piece as the ideal type for everyday jewelry. It’s more durable than pure gold and will not easily tarnish because there is less alloy used than the gold. Gold rarely needs cleaning as well. But even if it’s not high maintenance like other metals and gemstones, you still need to handle your gold jewelry properly.

Proper Storage

Buy a jewelry box with compartments for each individual piece. Gold should be separated from other metals and gemstone jewelry to avoid scratches. If you can, wrap each piece individually or place them in pouches before placing them in each compartment. The box must be lined with fabric for protection.

When Bathing

Remove all your jewelry before washing. The soap and oil can collect on the jewelry and make the color dull. Never wear precious items when you’re going swimming at the beach or pool or planning to sit in the sauna or hot spring.

When Dressing Up

Do not put on your jewelry while you’re still dressing up. It should be the final piece in your outfit after you’re done with your make-up. Apply perfume, lotion and powder before you wear your jewelry.

Avoid Oil and Dirt

Gold is easy to clean but it attracts oil. You can rinse it with soap and water or rub the piece with a swab of cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol. Pat-dry the piece using a soft cloth like chamois or place it on top of a clean towel to air-dry.

Avoid Tarnishing

Gold jewelry that are below 18 karats can still tarnish. The alloy used will be exposed to oxygen and that’s when the corrosion happens. Avoid exposing your jewelry to household chemicals with chlorine and sulfur. These are also found in deodorants, hair spray, perfumes and other body products and cosmetics.

Maintenance and Repairs

Take your jewelry to a professional jeweler in Singapore if you notice scratches, broken chains or clasps or if the piece is too dirty to clean with just soap and water. Always inspect the piece before placing it in the jewelry box.

Gold and Gemstone

Gold, like platinum and silver, is used to hold gemstones such as diamonds. Pieces like these should be stored separately from jewelry that don’t have stones to avoid scratches. Cleaning is also different because the gemstone requires a different care from the metal. Ask your jeweler about the proper way to care for the gemstone.

19 May 2017

Amazing Benefits of Switching to Alkaline Water

We all know the importance of drinking water. It plays a huge role in the physiological processes of our body. In fact, numerous medical professionals in Singapore recommend increasing our water intake to eight cups a day. What you might not know, however, is that not all types of water are created equal. While some people don’t have any qualms about drinking tap water, others swear by the health benefits they get from certain water filters. Among these water filters is the alkaline water, which is touted for improving certain functions of our body. If you are still unconvinced, here are some of the ways how investing in an alkaline water ionizer and switching to ionized water may improve your overall appearance and health.

1. It Boosts the Immune System

Since ionized water is loaded with antioxidants, incorporating it on your diet will certainly help boost your immune system to lessen your chances of catching a cold or flu. Switching to alkaline water could also lower your risk of developing serious illnesses like cancer, since it will help your body fight off the early signs of the disease. The water is also believed to neutralize damaging free radicals and convert them into oxygen, which your body could use to oxygenate tissues and produce energy.

2. It Promotes Better Digestion

Acidity often interferes with our body’s normal digestive process. When an overproduction of stomach acids brought by stress, eating spicy foods and drinking alcohol occurs, the acid often returns into the oesophagus, resulting to acid reflux that causes heartburn. Frequent episodes of this could permanently damage the walls of your oesophagus, or worse, trigger cancer. Hyperacidity is often accompanied by other problems like bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. By incorporating alkaline water in your diet – along with some alkalizing foods – you will be able to neutralize the effects of acid, resulting to better digestion.

3. It Helps Improve Your Energy Levels

Drinking a lot of water is known to help improve the energy levels – but investing in an alkaline water ioniser machine will help in taking that a step further. Unlike tap water, including ionized water in your meals will help deliver the nutrients throughout your body more efficiently, providing you with more energy that will last throughout the day.

4. It Slows Down the Ageing Process

Since it is loaded with antioxidants the best alkaline water from Singapore will certainly do wonders in preventing numerous degenerative diseases that are associated with ageing. It will help in fighting off free radicals and slowing down your skin’s the ageing process – particularly the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin – by reducing the DNA and cellular damage caused by free radicals.

5. It Enhances One’s Complexion

Just like regular water, alkaline water is also capable of keeping your skin hydrated and fresh. However, ionized water goes above and beyond your tap water in that it is absorbed more efficiently and faster into your body, resulting to better hydration and a healthier-looking complexion.

6. It Detoxifies Your Body

As you grow older, your body’s ability to eliminate toxins also starts to deteriorate. By investing in an alkaline water ionizer and drinking alkaline water, you get to speed up your body’s detoxification process – allowing your body to purge itself of any toxin build-up.

7. It Helps You Recover From Exercise

Working out causes your body to generate more hydrogen ions than it can efficiently remove. This hydrogen build up often triggers acidity, as well as fatigue. What most long-distance runners do to prevent this is supplement their drinks with sodium bicarbonate to increase their power output. However, a study conducted by health experts in Singapore found that alkaline supplements could also help the body fight fatigue and improve endurance performance.

8. It Supports Weight Loss

Another touted benefit of switching to alkaline water is its ability to aid in losing weight. A study focusing on the effects of drinking alkaline ionized water found that there was a significant weight loss in their test subjects. The researchers attributed this weight loss to the alkaline water’s ability to manage the acidity on our body and keep our appetite under control.

Where to Get Alkaline Water?

Given the rage about the benefits of drinking alkaline water, finding a good source of the ionized water is now easier. You can buy bottles of it from Amazon, or purchase an alkaline water ionizer from a trusted water filter company in Singapore. These providers claim that they use electricity to separate the molecules in the water to turn it to ionized water. Still, its effectiveness remains debatable due to the significant amount of power and time involved in the process.

How to Alkalize Your Water?

If you can’t afford to purchase a water filter for your home, you have the option to make your own alkaline water. Here are two preferred methods for alkalizing your water:

    • Adding pH Drops. Potent alkaline minerals are often found in pH drops, making it an ideal method for concocting your own ionized water. All you have to do is follow the directions indicated on its box to determine the number of drops you need to put into your water, and you are good to go. Just keep in mind though, that pH drops are only capable of increasing your water’s alkalinity and not filtering chemicals like chlorine and fluoride found in tap water.

    • Using Baking Soda. Another way of alkalizing your water is through using baking soda. Simply add 1/8 tablespoon of it to eight ounces of distilled, filtered or purified drinking water. Just make sure that you mix it vigorously into the water. It may be a cheaper and easier way of alkalizing your water, but we won’t advise you to use this method if you are following a low-sodium diet.

With the numerous benefits of alkaline water, it’s just easy to see why a lot of people are already switching to this drink. So join the bandwagon now, and see how drinking alkaline water could make significant changes to both your health and your appearance.

03 May 2017

5 Practices to Become a Successful Self-Made Millionaire

 

Once or twice in our lives we might have asked ourselves, “How on earth will I become a millionaire?” It can be a tricky and difficult task but you will be able to achieve this goal if you follow these five important practices.

  1. Challenge yourself

Some millionaires haven’t really reached were they are right now if they did not challenge themselves to do and become better. Some stories have started out as a joke statement of becoming a millionaire or some started from scratch but one thing’s for sure, they did it for the challenge because they wanted to earn a million bucks and follow their dreams.

  1. Don’t be too complacent

If you have reached your goal and earned a million already, you should still not stop working for more. There’s no such thing as enough and okay in terms of business. You should not settle with breakeven but in huge profit. We should learn to strive more even if we have already reached the top. You can work harder to make your business more stable or you can venture into a new business. Just don’t stop and don’t be too comfortable with what you have.

  1. Read, study and learn

Even if you’re very talented or intelligent in your field, you should never stop learning. Read every day, continue to study your craft and learn new things along the way. You need to be aware of the trends and competitive environment that you are in. Your competitors are doing the same so you should always bear that in mind.  There are also many things that you don’t know so you might as well use your time and efforts to something that could benefit your mind.

  1. Be transparent and honest

These traits are undervalued when it comes to managing our business but these are very significant. Lying and being deceitful can only hurt us in the future. If you want to avail on good karma and attract more clients and customers, you should be more straightforward, honest and transparent always. The same traits should also be applied to your employees so that they will express the same traits to you, which will only help your business grow even more.

  1. Think of long-term plans and benefits

Some people settle on making plans for a span of one to five years. This might be okay if we want to keep track on our vision. But in order to fully succeed and become a millionaire, we need to set long-term plans and benefits. We need to think ahead and make sure that whatever goal and dream we have set for ourselves will be reached on our own timeline and terms.

09 Apr 2017

What to Do When You Choke on a Food

 

You do not choke every day. While it is normal, you just wish you are not alone when you encounter a severe one. Choking occurs when an object is lodged in your throat or windpipe thereby blocking the air flow. For adults, the most common perpetrator is a piece of food. For young children, they gulped small objects.

It was already mentioned that it can block the air flow and since it can cut off the oxygen to the brain, it is imperative that you administer first aid immediately. Do not delay it as it can be very dangerous. But what happens if you are alone and you choked? You do not wait for people to come because it might be too late. You have to help yourself during these times.

How will you rescue yourself from choking then? Your first instinct is to immediately call emergency. You can do that but what if you cannot talk? That is another challenging situation but you should at least try. It is important that you are trained to administer first-aid because you can use it when the need arises. You can never be prepared for these situations but the least thing that you can do is to learn the Heimlich Maneuver as well as CPR.

Remember to take this training course with the help of a certified first-aider. After training, you will be told to mater back blow technique and abdominal thrust. You cannot administer back blows to yourself but you can still administer abdominal thrusts. The abdominal thrusts can help with dislodging the foreign item. Here’s how you can do the abdominal thrusts:

  • Put your fist: You should put your fist a little above your navel.
  • Clutch your first: After putting your fist a little above your navel, it is important that you clutch it with your other hand.
  • Bend over: Since there is no one to thrust you, you should look for a hard surface where you can bend over. For example, a chair or a countertop will do.
  • Shove it: Now that you are in the right position, you are ready to shove it. Thrust your fist inward and upward. Repeat this for five times or as long as needed.

Now that you know what to do, your chances of surviving a severe choking is greater. The best prevention is to be careful with the things that you put into your mouth because it can lead to serious situations at the end of the day.

05 Apr 2017

The Best of Classic Science Fiction Dystopian Novels

 

Dystopian novels have been popular lately in bookstores and in film adaptations. The genre however has existed for more than a century. The word dystopia is associated with frightening possibilities of the future brought about either by advancements in technology or the dehumanization by governments.

Here are ten of the genre’s pioneers.

 

The Lord of the World (1907) by Robert Hugh Benson

The world was divided into three political sections and three religions until one party annexed another and is on the verge of war with the third.

 

The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London

Oligarchy rose in the United States and other parts of the world. When the revolution succeeded in North America, the Brotherhood of Man replaced the old.

 

We by (1924) Yevgeny Zamyatin

The One State is a united totalitarian nation. Its citizens live in glass apartments under constant surveillance. Behavior is governed by formula created by the state.

 

Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley

The World State controls everything from reproduction of humans to their death. Feelings of discontent are controlled by drugs and hypnotism.

 

Kallocain (1941) by Karin Boye

Leo Kall has developed a drug called Kallocain that forces the user to reveal information. People are tested for ideas of rebellion.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury

The state censors the information received by the people beginning with the ban and burning of books. People rely on the television instead.

 

One or Escape to Nowhere (1953) by David Karp

The benevolent state is reaching a level of perfection by polishing its techniques of surveillance, re-education and brainwashing.

 

The Chrysalids (1955) by John Wyndham

The Old People were destroyed by God because of advancements in technology. In order to avoid another destruction, the society follows the concept of genetic invariance where minor mutations are considered evil.

 

A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959) by Walter M. Miller Jr.

The world changed after a nuclear war. Knowledge in any form was treated with hostility and destroyed, but an order of monks keeps the scientific knowledge until humanity is ready for it again.

 

1984 (1984) by George Orwell

Oceania, one of the three superstates, is dominated by The Party led by Big Brother. People are divided into three classes and are monitored by four ministries for independent thoughts and individualism.

 

Need More Books?

 

The following haven’t made it to the list above, but they are just as good as the others.

 

Caesar’s Column (1890) by Ignatius L. Donnelly

Facial Justice (1960) by L.P. Hartley

A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess

The Drowned World (1962) by J.G. Ballard

Cat’s Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut

Make Room! Make Room! (1966) by Harry Harrison

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner

The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Female Man (1975) by Joanna Russ

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

15 Mar 2017