Why Do More and More People Listen to Podcasts?

Before, radio shows were the only type of audio entertainment aside from music to be consumed by people. Then came audiobooks. And now, we have podcasts. Podcasts have definitely become more and more popular around the world today. Here are some reasons why people enjoy them so much, and maybe you’ll be convinced too.

They’re basically free

Once you download a podcast, you already able to listen to it without actually paying. Sure, you can go to podcast streaming websites and donate, but most podcasts are up for free listening. To compare, audiobooks are priced but you’re listening is still limited since every book has an ending. But that won’t be the case for podcasts at all.

They’re like actual conversations

Another reason why people enjoy podcasts is because they feel like actual conversations and not just someone telling you a story. This is because most podcasts involve more people talking. Aside from the host/s, there are also guests who share their own stories and ideas. When you listen to a simple narration, it will be easy for you to lose focus and become bored.

You can listen anywhere

Another great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anywhere. You can listen on your commute, you can listen while doing boring chores, you can sometimes even do it while working. If you want to listen to a podcast while jogging somewhere in Singapore early in the morning, you can definitely do it!

Podcasts are time-efficient

In relation to the point above, listening to podcasts can also help save time. If you watch a television series, for example, you’ll have to just sit there and focus on what’s happening. For podcasts, you can walk around and do other things while listening. You can dedicate your time to more things than one.

You can learn and stay updated

Another common reason why people listen to podcasts is that they provide a lot of information that you can actually pick up. There are a lot of podcasts that teach certain fields of study. Whether you want to learn about arts, business, or even languages, you’ll be able to find a podcast for that. Even some of the more popular podcasts are those that teach productivity and self-help.

It’s also a way to get over a creative slump

There are many ways to get over writer’s block or any type of creative slump. But if you’ve exhausted those other means and still have it, try listening to a podcast. It doesn’t need to be a podcast related to your work. Pick one that you actually find interesting. Due to the conversational vibe you get from podcasts as said earlier, you might find some interesting points and ideas that you can use yourself.

18 Sep 2019

Common Causes of Memory Loss

There are always situations when we simply forget things. But it’s a whole different story if you keep having memory slips time and time again. Not taking care of our mental health can make us more and more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. That’s why it is important for us to find out what causes memory loss. So, let’s just jump right to it.

  1. Too much stress and anxiety

Stress is one of the most common reasons why we get memory loss. It’s understandable that we get memory loss as we age, but because of too much stress, we’re getting more and more prone to having memory slips. Stress affects our ability to focus which then makes it harder for the brain to retain new information and process older ones. That means not only our short-term memory is affected, but now also our long-term memory.

  1. Depression

Memory loss can be both a cause and an effect of depression. For one, depression can make you less and less interested in your environment. That simply means your memory and awareness will be affected negatively. You feel so down that you start paying less attention to everything happening around you. It can also lead you to have trouble sleeping. Which leads us to our next point…

  1. Not having enough sleep

The lack of sleep is probably one of the biggest causes of memory loss. When we don’t get enough sleep, our mind is not given time to rest and recover. That means it will be more and more difficult for our brain to retain information. It can also cause massive spikes in our hormones which in turn will lead to more mood swings. Our mood can also significantly affect how we process information.

  1. Certain medications

Blood pressure medication, sleeping pills, some painkillers, even antidepressants can also affect our memory. Certain drugs can affect our memory because of their effects. Those that cause sedation like painkillers and hormonal changes like sleeping peels can definitely affect our memory since they influence our minds directly. This is why depression is such a complicated case. Depression itself affects our memory and antidepressants also affect our memory negatively.

  1. Drinking too much alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol impairs our short-term memory. If you get wasted too often, it can be more detrimental than you think. Alcohol is a diuretic which basically means it dehydrates us. When we’re already dehydrated, that’s what causes our brains to just shut down while drinking. Doing this frequently can cause significant damage not only to our memory but our overall mental health. Yes, there are a lot of great places to drink in Singapore, just try not to get wasted too often.

18 Sep 2019

Shopping Destinations in Singapore

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy beautiful things in Singapore! If you have a great amount of money, you deserve to spend a little once in a while and Singapore is the best place to do that. The good thing about Singapore is that they focus on the economic class and the higher class at the same time which makes a spectacular combination to improve the standard of beauty around the country. There may be a lot of places to spend your money, but you want to make sure that you spend your money on the things that make you happy.

Here is a list of the places where the things you crave for aren’t so difficult to find:

  1. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Imagine a river much like those scenes in movies that depict a small boat sailing gently through romantic arch bridges. Now can you believe that you would be able to find that in Marina Bay Sands? Not only are the brands and food exquisite but so are the scenery and life in this mall. Shopping for the latest and most adored brands is not a problem as the Shoppes have the best of the best from all around. And yes, riding the boat is possible!

  1. Vivo City

The largest shopping mall in Singapore has nothing to hide as it is not just big but very much enjoyable as they boast their 15 cinema screens, a rooftop amphitheatre, and even an art gallery inside. Vivo City does not only provide luxury, but also entertainment. There are tons of things to do in Vivo City if you are tired of shopping around and are just dying to visit the mall to relax a little bit. The gathering of food and clothing is amazing and may seem like an unending list as the options will never run out as to which stores or which restaurants to enjoy.

  1. Raffles City Shopping Center

Last but not the least on our list is Raffles City Shopping Center. Although it does not offer as much extravagance as the other two malls mentioned earlier, Raffles City Shopping Center is a place where you can shop humbly for high-end products. The beauty of Raffles City Shopping Center is the balance between the affordable and luxurious for moments when you may feel like you have spent too much but want to keep on shopping.

If you can’t decide which mall to go to, check out all of them and experience the beauty of Singapore.

05 Aug 2019

Singapore and the World

One of the beauties of being a Singaporean citizen is getting a Singaporean passport and although it may not seem like too much, the Singaporean passport actually allows you to travel to almost everywhere in the world without much struggle. Singapore has brilliant relationships with other countries and this is why other countries are very friendly to Singaporeans.

Although a small country, Singapore does not fail to disappoint with its luxurious airlines, namely Silkair and Singapore Airlines. The traveller’s itch is a common feeling for our artistic and wondrous souls as we still crave the adventure of finding new places and discovering new things.

Here are ten major places you can visit visa-free for a Singaporean citizen.

Canada – Although most people tend to compare Canada to America, they would find that Canada has a really different and interesting city culture.

United Kingdom – The United Kingdom is the home of numerous great historical sites and people tend to go here to be inspired and experience the culture of both art and progress.

Peru – A lot of out-of-this-world sceneries can be found in Peru. If you are craving for that tropical, mountainous, ancient, and spiritual trip, Peru is the place for you

Hong Kong – Hong Kong needs the least introduction as people know this place to be the Asian equivalent of Las Vegas where the party doesn’t stop and there are so many things to keep you busy.

Bahamas – If you want to sit down, relax, enjoy the beaches, and just free your soul, the Bahamas is the place to go. With amazing beaches and life changing experiences, the Bahamas might make you not want to leave.

Ireland – Although the opposite from tropical countries, this does not mean that Iceland is not at all beautiful. In fact, Iceland is breath-taking! The beauty everywhere makes for a jaw dropping awe as you can witness the wonders in which cold part of this world has to offer.

Japan – Although you may find a lot of similarities between Japanese and Singaporeans, Japan has one of the most interesting cultures as it is very well preserved and very well presented.

Greece – The mind of a philosopher or the mind of an artist? It does not matter, Greece is definitely a place where you would enjoy as a place where both great art and great minds meet.

France – Ah yes, haven’t we all dreamt of going to France and unleashing the inner romantic inside us? Well, this is one of the perks of having a Singaporean passport.

Spain – Finally, are you ready to sing and dance and enjoy the rich and suave culture in Spain? Spain needs no introduction as Spaniards are well known around the globe. Visiting Spain will change your life as it might open the inner dreamer inside of you.

The Singaporean passport is a privilege! Don’t forget to make the most out of it.

05 Aug 2019

Develop Your Soft Skills to be Better at Work!

It is already quite known that Singaporeans are among the hardest working in the world. That should have a lot to do with our attitude towards our job and work environment. Attitude, if you think about it, is actually a soft skill. But what exactly are these soft skills we’re talking about? Continue reading to find out what soft skills really are and how they can help you become better at work.

Hard Skills and Soft Skills
To easily understand what exactly soft skills are, you ought to know how they compared to hard skills. Hard skills are basically the technical skills that you need to have to perform well in a job. That can be knowing how to make documents, computer programming, knowledge on vocational activities and etc. In essence, they are job-specific skills.

Soft skills, on the other hand, are non-technical or transferable skills. While hard skills are taught and learned quite easily, soft skills rely more on being able to “read” or empathize with people hence they can be harder to pick up. Some examples would be confidence, teamwork, communication, and the like.

Enhance Your Soft Skills
Communication
Probably one of the more important skills to develop is your ability to communicate. This is simply because we are always communicating with people at work. You need to be clear when making reports, communicating your ideas and opinions, or even just in casual conversation. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and cultivate a good working environment overall. Practicing your eye contact and use of gestures and body language can be a good way to get better at communicating.

Teamwork
Another important skill employers commonly look for is a person’s ability to work in a team. Teamwork is important because it determines how well you can work in a team and it leads you to have common goals with your peers. Plus, you’ll finish a lot more work if you are able to deliberate tasks fairly. One way you can improve in working with a team is to accept others’ opinions. You’ll be able to find and utilize each persons’ strengths while also covering for their weaknesses.

Leadership
Leadership can be quite a hard skill to develop since it is mainly a combination of many soft skills already. First of all, you’ll have to be a good role model for others. You’ll also have to know how to communicate your influence while still be approachable and helpful to others. You’ll also need to have the ability to make decisions without bias and even anticipate the benefits and consequences of these decisions. Although not everyone chooses to take the role of the leader, it would be good to at least enhance your leadership skills from time to time.

02 Jul 2019

How to Prevent Pimples and Acne Breakouts

Today, you’ll notice a lot of teens and even adults who face acne problems. You may have had pimples and breakouts once in your life or you may still be experiencing it now. Though having pimples can be problematic, there are always ways to control or even get rid of them completely. Here are some things you can try.

1. Wash your face
One of the best ways to prevent pimples is to keep your face clean. To do that, you’ll obviously have to wash your face regularly. Wash your face after doing activities that cause you to sweat a lot or after you go to places that are dusty. It should also be a good idea to wash your face as you get home or before you go to bed. This is because when you sleep, you’re already shedding dead skin cells and if you don’t wash up the dirt that sticks to your face might eventually cause breakouts.

2. Moisturize
Having dry skin is one of the reasons we get pimples and breakouts. To keep your skin from becoming too dry, try applying moisturizer. For those with oily skin, choose moisturizers that are noncomedogenic. That means it is formulated to not close pores and trap oil and dirt inside your skin. Moisturize after washing your face but try to do it moderately.

3. Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is also one of the best ways to prevent pimples. Skin cells, just like the other cells of the body are made of water. And because the skin is basically the largest organ of the body, you need to constantly supply it with a good amount of water. If you don’t, it will cause dry skin and make it more prone to inflammations which cause breakouts.

4. Use sunscreen or try to avoid exposure to the sun
The hot and humid climate in Singapore can also be a factor when it comes to acne. That is why you should try to limit your exposure to sunlight and heat as they can make your face more oily and may even damage the skin directly. If you do have to go outside, remind yourself to apply sunscreen.

5. Take it easy with the exfoliant
Exfoliating cream is a skin care product that is basically formulated to remove any dead cells on your skin. Though it is made to help you clean your skin and prevent pimples, applying too much or too often can do you more harm than good. This is because when you exfoliate too much, you might remove the skin’s natural oils. That will signal the skin to produce more oil which might clog and eventually cause pimples.

02 Jul 2019

4 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid (at All Costs!)

Have you ever posted a tweet, a comment or a Facebook status that you wish you can take back? Perhaps, all of us have. However, to ensure you won’t fall into the same trap over and over again, here are four of the most common social media mistakes to avoid to save yourself from public embarrassment.

1. Leaving the Privacy Setting of Your Posts Public
Control your content by limiting the audience settings. Adjust your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook audience depending on the nature of the photos you share. Your friends would want to see photos from last weekend’s get-together, but check whether the privacy is in the appropriate setting, especially if you want to limit the people who can see them. You don’t want a prospect client or employer to see things that may turn them off. If you have some unruly candids with the gang, limit visibility to people who are in the photos. Better yet, avoid posting inappropriate things at all.

2. You’re Too Camera Shy
Your Skype, LinkedIn and other profiles will be easier to locate by prospect clients and employers if they contain a clear headshot of you against a neutral backdrop. For professional profiles, never make the mistake of posting a group shot or a default clipart photo as a display image. Prepare for a professional shot by dressing and looking professional. A well-taken photo will invite attention from employers and may possibly just land you a contract.

3. Conversely, You’re Over Confident
Instagram and Facebook are your go-to places for selfies. However, stepping up your online game means delivering more well-thought updates and photos. Whether you believe it or not, your social media friends will also ‘like’ your posts about the volunteer acts in a charity, the fascinating article you shared or the research project you just completed. There’s nothing wrong with selfies as long as you don’t post one every single day.

4. You’re Sharing Too Much Stuff
You may have the freedom of speech, but your professional network, including your extended network of employers and colleagues, may not agree with every opinion you share in your social media. Once you have posted that politically-incorrect statement, you can never retract it, even after you have deleted the post from your profile. It is now in cyberspace—anything posted can be screencapped, retweeded and shared. To save yourself from the forever embarrassment, keep your posts and comments clean and away from political and religious matters.

In the world where social media becomes an everyday norm, it’s important to be extra mindful of the impressions we make on people through online communication platforms. With so much information can be easily shared and found online, personal views and opinions can conveniently be used to assess your competence and even suitability for an employment opportunity.

13 Jun 2019