One More Thing You Need to Know: Dangers of Information Overload

Ever since the internet began, the amount of information that you can access has increased exponentially, and it continues to grow every day. And with more information accessible at your fingertips, the harder it is to process and consume it.

This result is what’s known as information overload: because there’s so much information, you end up feeling that you need to consume everything, which leaves you little time to act.

Understanding Information Overload
Our brains are sophisticated and powerful computers, processing millions of signals from your sensory organs every day. However, you can still be overwhelmed with the amount of content that you’re processing with the time you spend online.

This is particularly true when you’re researching certain topics and end up being distracted with content that isn’t related. Whether it’s at work or outside of it, you can be sidetracked with all kinds of information that have nothing do with your task, but you feel compelled to look for them “just because”.

You should also keep in mind that this is different from “sensory overload”.
Where the latter means being constantly bombarded by all kinds of images, sounds, and sensations, the former is something that’s more difficult to process since your brain hasn’t evolved to process huge amounts of this kind of information yet.

How to Handle Information Overload
You can protect yourself from feeling overwhelmed with data and information using the following steps:

• Skim – Skimming blog posts and website content means taking only the important notes, and this lets you process more content faster and more easily while getting everything you need to know.

• Filter information – You can sort emails by priority to make sure only the important ones get through. If you’re searching for information on a subject online, it helps to have a list of related terms or topics, and narrow your search.

• Don’t multitask – One of the easiest ways to burn yourself out through overload is taking on multiple tasks at once. You can avoid this by focusing on only one task at a time.

• Prioritize – Find out what you can act on right away and what you can’t. If you can’t do anything immediately with the information that you currently have, it’s best to shelve it and focus on the ones that you can do something with.

By taking the right steps, you can make sure that you stay on track and keep yourself from being overwhelmed by the amount of information you’re faced with every day. Whether it’s in your work or outside of it, knowing how to find out what you need and what you don’t can spell the difference in your productivity.

26 Oct 2018

5 Great Furniture Alternatives to Optimize a Small Living Room Space

Looking to spruce up your living room but find that you don’t have the space to make your ideas and dreams come true?

Well worry no more – there’s a lot of interior decorating you can do to bring out the best in your small living space!

In fact, here are ten amazing ideas that’s sure to bring out the best in your small living room:

1. Clear out the sofa!
While you think it’s vital that you need to have a sofa in your home, there’s a good chance that it might simply be the one piece of furniture that’s taking up the most room in your home aside from the shelves and cabinets.

2. Mount your TV.
Maximizing space also means minimizing the number of things on the floor, and this may also mean mounting your television screen instead of setting it on a table. Once you do this, you’ll find that there’s more space in your living room than you first thought.

3. Have an adjustable table in the center of your living room.
It can be a little tricky to make your living room space relaxing when there’s not enough space to move around. With height-adjustable furniture, you not only free up more space, but can also adjust them for the occasion.

4. Use ottomans to double as extra storage and chairs.
The next best thing to adjustable furniture is multipurpose furniture. While both are important, you should especially look for a way to store items in your living room that will eliminate the need for additional shelves.

5. Install floating shelves.
If you don’t have enough space on your floor, use your walls!

There’s a good chance that you’re not thinking about vertical space when you want to re-decorate your living room, but when you do decide to take this into account, you’ll be surprised at the amount of stuff you can clear by simply having them on a floating shelf.

Because floating shelves have such a minimized profile, they work great when you’re trying to clear as much space in the living room as you can.

Aside from the furniture, other things you need to consider for your living room are the wall colors and light sources, since they can easily affect the atmosphere and ambiance of the living room.

Lastly, you should especially think about the format of your living room before considering the type of furniture to get – no piece of furniture, no matter how aesthetically pleasing, can work in any space, and some just better suited for wide spaces than others (this makes proper estimating crucial).

26 Oct 2018

4 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Homemade Soap (And Why it’s Worth It)

Soap is essentially the resulting alkaline salts of fatty acids that have a pH balance between 9 and 10, which is necessary for getting rid of the sebum, dead cells, and dirt that has accumulated over the skin throughout the day.

But not all bar soaps are made the same – there are actually different types of bar soaps that are suited for different skin types based on the oils, fats, and alkaline chemicals used to make them. Here are some of the reasons why you should make your own soap:

1. You have more control in the ingredients in your soap. While you can opt to look for special soap types whether online or at your nearest health goods sore, they may tend to be more expensive as the ingredients and/or specific soap type may not be immediately available in your area.

These ingredients can vary wildly between the different kinds of oils that you want to use, such as coconut, avocado, or even olive oil. You can even include all kinds of important substances that are good for your skin should you choose to make your own soap.

2. Improve your skin condition. People who suffer from chronic skin conditions will often find that the best way to alleviate their maladies is to find products that are gentle on their skin and won’t make their condition worse.
Another issue with finding the appropriate soap is the expense of it. Usually, finding the right soap to treat particularly sensitive skin is not only hard to find, but also quite expensive, even with the right dermatologist to guide you through your treatment.

3. Homemade soap has a better glycerine ratio than commercial soap. Glycerine is the primary moisture-trapping ingredient used in soaps. However, many commercial manufacturers will often remove the glycerine from the soap and shampoo products that they sell, which can just as easily leave you with what might as well be laundry detergent.
Glycerine is an important part of soap that is produced during the process of preparing and mixing the ingredients together. The reason for this is because it is responsible for locking moisture in the skin and keeping it from drying out quickly.

4. There are endless recipes you can choose from. While the process of making soap itself using oils and animal or vegetable fat is fairly straightforward and universal, the other ingredients and fragrances can vary from recipe to recipe.

These recipes for making different types of soap (scented, cut and designed, etc.) are readily available online, and you can adjust and experiment with the different recipes to suit your needs.

27 Sep 2018

How to Know What Type of Skin You Have in 4 Simple Steps

Every person’s skin is unique, but there are a common characteristics that allow you to know what skin type yours falls under. There are a lot of factors that can influence and change it over time, and there’s a good chance that your skin type won’t fall into one category.

Knowing the texture of your skin can tell you a lot about its nature. Taking the time to determine exactly what skin type you have will let you know exactly what your skin needs to keep you looking your best every day.

The Different Skin Types
There are at least four different skin types that exist: normal, dry, oily, and combination. While the first skin type is balanced in terms of moisture, dry skin loses moisture too quickly and appears flaky. Oily skin appears glossy on account of the excess oils and sebum being produced, and the last skin type is a combination of both dry and oily.

How to Know Your Skin Type
In order to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, it’s important to know what skin type you have before investing in the right skincare products.

It’s actually quite easy to figure out what skin type you have. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Prepare your skin .Remove any make-up and washing your face with warm water and a small amount of gentle face cleanser applied to your face. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean face towel or washcloth. Do not apply any products on your face for an hour after cleaning.

2. Once an hour has passed, dab your T-zone (the region of your face that includes your forehead and your nose) with a tissue to see if any oil has rubbed off on it. If you see oil, then you either have oily or a combination-type skin.

3. Notice how your skin feels. Dry skin will feel often feel taut after cleansing, while oily skin will feel cleaner after washing. If you feel neither of these things after washing, your skin is normal.

4. Take a close look at your facial skin in the mirror. You will most likely have dry or sensitive skin if you notice any red or flaky patches all over your face, and oily skin is often characterized by having a shiny face.

If you’re still having trouble figuring out what skin type you have, the best way to go about doing this is by consulting a dermatologist to provide you with the answers you need. They can also prescribe the necessary over-the-counter medications and do certain procedures to treat your skin.

27 Sep 2018

6 Essential Ingredients to Look When Shopping for Skincare Products

When it comes to beauty care, we are awash in a sea of products, ingredients and must-have items. The world of beauty is overwhelming for the array of choices it offers. But of course, you can make it easier the next time you go shopping for your skincare products. Here, we’ve pinned down six essential ingredients that a good skincare product must have. Now, you can shop confidently and ensure that you’ll get the best results from your skincare routine.

1. Collagen
Collagen is known to help with the skin’s suppleness and is naturally produced by the body. However, as we age, the body does no longer produce as much collagen as we were younger, leading to wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. By using products with collagen in it, you’re helping your skin repair itself and maintain your natural and youthful glow.

2. SPF
This can’t be stressed enough. Sun protection is non-negotiable. You should be wearing at least SPF30 on a daily basis. Also, along with the SPF number, check the zinc content. Micronized zinc is very effective at reflecting light, significantly minimizing burns from prolonged sun exposure.

3. Vitamin C
It is not only meant for boosting your immune system and keeping illnesses at bay, it’s also an effective anti-aging property. Aside from being an effective anti-oxidant that keeps the skin looking fresh and bright, it also activates the cells responsible for collagen production.

4. Kojic Acid
Aiming for a brighter skin? Look for beauty products with kojic acid in it. All thanks to its anti-oxidant properties, it helps with lightening sun spots and pimple marks and keeps your skin hydrated for that youthful glow.

5. Hyaluronic Acid
This is naturally a water binding agent. How does this benefit your skin? By using products with hyaluronic acid, your skin captures and locks in the moisture, pretty much preventing it from leaving. This moisture-locking property will give you that supple and plumper skin.

6. Milk Peptide Complex
This ingredient helps undo signs of aging by reducing depths of fine lines, promoting smoothness and firmness of the skin, as well as improving its elasticity. If you start to notice fine lines on the face, look for this ingredient the next time you shop for your night creams and essences.

Many of the ingredients above can be found in hypoallergenic and dermatology-tested products. Add these products to your regimen for brighter and youthful skin. With regular use, you’ll see a big difference in no time.

28 Aug 2018

4 Reasons to Ban Your Cat in Your Bed

Playing with cats is wonderfully therapeutic. They can calm your nerves and lower blood pressure. However, this doesn’t mean you should share your bed with your cat. Although cuddling at night with your furball may sound relaxing, letting your pet sleep with you may also cause unnecessary stress.

Here are some important reasons why we strongly suggest to just keep the cat off the bed.

1. Disrupted Sleep
Cats can sleep up to 15 hours a day, but your cat’s sleep cycle is different from yours. A cat that sleeps the entire day is ready to be racing around the room until three in the morning. Other than being hyperactive, if they do sleep, they may snore or scratch you, or simply nudge you for attention while you’re sleeping, taking a toll on your ability to rest and leaving you feeling sluggish in the morning.

2. Allergies and Asthma
More than 25 percent of people around the world have some kind of allergic reaction to dogs and cats, but allergies to cats are much more common that allergies to dogs. Doctors would normally recommend not having cats inside the house if someone is allergic. However, if you love to have a pet cat, there’s a less drastic way to ease allergies and asthma attacks: by simply keeping your bedroom cat-free and using a HEPA filter to eliminate triggers while you’re asleep.

3. Exposure to Litter
Your cat’s litter box is a dirty place, and your cat’s paws may capture bits of waste and litter, which can end up on your bed. While litter mats reduce the amount of waste and litter that gets tracked throughout your house, you cannot entirely eliminate it from your bed unless you keep the cat off the bed.

4. Parasites
Sharing the bed with a cat also means sharing the bed with parasites the cat is harbouring, which of course is not a good thing. Although fleas do not live on people, they do bite and leave you itchy. Intestinal parasites that breed on cats like hookworm and roundworms can also cause illnesses to human beings.

Snuggling with your kitty is comforting, but sharing the covers isn’t ideal for everyone. If you decide to keep your pet off the sheets, make sure to stick to this new routine so your furry friend will get used to it as soon as possible. It will take some time of scratching and meowing outside your bedroom door, but when your cat realizes that this behaviour won’t be rewarded, she’ll learn to look for a new place to spend the nights in.

28 Aug 2018

5 Museums Worth Visiting

Museums are hubs of art and culture and are a lovely place to stimulate minds of both young and old. Here are some museums worth checking out in Singapore.

1. ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands
The ArtScience Museums aims to “explore various creative processes at the heart of science, art, technology and culture, and their roles in shaping society.” Those interested in art and technology would be interested in its exhibitions, which aim to showcase the intersections of art and science.

For its architecture alone, the ArtScience Museum is a place that everyone should visit at least once. In their life. Its iconic architecture is inspired by the shape of a lotus flower. Its ‘main body’ can be found at the center of the lotus, with the ten extensions as its petals. All ten petals make a total of 21 gallery spaces, with permanent and touring exhibitions. These gallery spaces have been home to a number of world-renowned exhibitions throughout the years.

The ArtScience Museum is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

2. Singapore Art Museum
This one is for those who love the arts. The Singapore Art Museum is considered to be the first fine art museum in Singapore. It is a sight to behold, housed in a restored 19th-century mission school. A contemporary art museum, the place focuses on different art practices across Singapore, Southeast Asia, and Asia.

The Singapore Art Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Friday, from 10 am to 9 pm.

3. Asian Civilisations Museum
With its slogan ‘Singapore’s Museum of Asia,’ the Asian Civilizations Museum showcases pan-Asian cultures and civilizations, such as those of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. It has won TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for Museums in 2014 and 2015.

It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm, and from 10 am to 9 pm on Fridays.

4. Peranakan Museum
The Peranakan Museum is a sister museum to the Singapore Art Museum and specializes in Peranakan culture. It consists of three levels, with ten galleries in total. Its exhibitions include the traditional Peranakan wedding, other special ceremonies, and the various Peranakan arts and crafts.

It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

5. The Mint Museum of Toys
The name of the museum, MINT, stands for Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys. Fans of toys both young and old will enjoy the exhibits in this museum. Here you could find more than 3,000 vintage toys and childhood memorabilia, collected from over 25 different countries, housed in a five-storey contemporary building housing.

The Mint Museum of Toys is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and on every last Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.

27 Jul 2018