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

7 Ways to Stop Being So Negative

We get easily bombarded with negativity every single day. We see it on TV, in the news, in the social media and even when going to the park. But do you know you can combat negativity by focusing more on the positive sides of things? Lessen your pessimism and try these tips. We all know stress and negativity won’t lead to becoming the best version of yourself.

1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Comparison simply breeds jealousy, and even anger. Walk your own path and do not mind those people who seemingly got ahead of you. They’ve worked hard for it, so do your best to achieve yours. Enjoy your own path and the happiness that comes along with it.

2. Learn to Forgive
Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting for the other person to feel the pain. There’s nothing good that comes from holding grudges. Learn to forgive those who have done you wrong. That doesn’t mean to welcome them back into your life, but just forgive.

3. Avoid Excessive Self-Pity
So, your eight-year relationship has ended. While it’s okay to stay in bed and cry or three days, there comes a time when you need to pick yourself up. Grieve all you can, but know when to stop sulking. It’s not easy, but once you get the hand of it, you will surely feel better.

4. Have Fun and Don’t be Guilty About It
Whether your choice of fun is sleeping, indulging on a sweet treat or going on a vacation, just do it whenever you need one. Sometimes, you have to put yourself first. Reward yourself with that well-deserved break, and never feel guilty about it.

5. Be Grateful Even for the Smallest Things
Every day, count the little good things that happen to you. Acknowledge these positive things and be thankful for having them. Make this a part of your night rituals, and you’ll find yourself happier and feeling better in general.

6. Try New Things
Trying new things help build self-confidence. By saying yes to new experiences, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to learn and grow. Conquering new experiences, whether big or small, provides fulfilment and make life more exciting.

7. Be Nice to People
Be kind. It’s easy and makes you feel good afterwards. Find a way to give back to all the blessings you receive every day. Do something nice each day. Good karma will pay you back a hundred folds for it.

However, remember that being too positive isn’t good either. Like most things in life, it is about balance. When you find yourself too pessimistic, maybe you want to take a closer look at how you are dealing with the world.

13 Jun 2019

How to Improve Your Wardrobe Without Spending Much

There’s nothing more time consuming and frustrating than standing in front of your jam-packed closet and feeling like you have nothing to wear. Actually, you have plenty of clothes you can wear, but the point is that the clothes you own simply no longer add up to complete a stylish look. This can be extremely exasperating, especially if you just can’t afford to replace everything with new ones.

But don’t give up just yet. There are several ways you can do to improve your wardrobe without spending too much. Read on to find out how you can upgrade your closet on a cheap.

1. Come up with a capsule collection
A capsule collection consists of timeless clothing pieces. These clothes can be effortlessly mixed and matched with anything in your closet. Raid your closet and find your no-fail outfits you feel good and comfortable wearing. A good capsule collection should include a plain white tee, a simple button-down shirt, denim jeans, a tailored blazer, a little black dress and a comfy pair of office trousers.

2. Consider accessories
A capsule wardrobe—no matter how simple the pieces are—can be vamp up by adding a few elements. A plain white tee and jeans can look sophisticated when paired with kitten heels and a statement necklace or a cute scarf. Accessories can make a look, so don’t be afraid to get yourself a few brightly colored pieces to add to your outfits.

3. Shop at bazaars, night markets and thrift shops
These places have the best deals to begin with. But as you filter through endless racks of clothes, you will need some creative imagination, a great deal of patience and better haggling skills. However, remember to prioritize first the pieces you’re looking for—a floral dress and a pair of tattered jeans, for example. Once you found them, you can start wandering around to look for more pieces. That way, you have more energy to look for your priority purchases and won’t be killing your time and budget buying clothes you don’t need in the first place.

4. Split costs with your sister
Having a sister can do wonders for your wardrobe. While you and your sister are almost in the same age and have the same style, there could be some pieces you would both want to share and own. Shop for quality pieces—for example, a mid-priced purse or a pair of heels—and agree on splitting the bill.

5. Include shopping in your monthly budget
Again, no need to spare a big chunk of your paycheck on shopping. Budget just enough to shop at thrift stores and night markets. Jot down all your expenses first, and then allot a feasible amount for thrift shopping.
Take advantage of these tips, and you will be calling yourself a smart fashionista in no time.

22 May 2019

Ideas to Jazz Up Your Date Night

Tired and bored of only going out for dinner or watching movies with your date? Here are more fun ways you can add to your date night and spice up your time together with your partner.

1. Henderson Waves
Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge can be a great place to catch the sunset or go for a romantic walk. The atmosphere can be especially at great night when the scenic and intimate lights and views of Singapore come to play.

2. Escape Rooms
To begin with, escape rooms can give a unique experience. Compared to, let’s say, watching a horror movie, being in an escape room can let you live the experience firsthand and get your adrenaline pumping. Plus, you won’t have to worry about “dead air” between conversations because you’ll be focusing on helping each other out.

3. Galleries and Museum Dates
Another ideal place to go for a stroll, arms linked, would be in galleries or museums. The National Museum of Singapore, because of its incredible exhibits and astonishing digital exhibitions, makes it a naturally romantic setting.

4. Pet Cafés
Whether you or your loved one like dogs or cats, there are a lot of pet cafés all around Singapore. Going to a pet café can be good for a first date because you are in an atmosphere that is fun and relaxing. Dropping by pet cafés can also help you relieve stress with your partner, as petting dogs or cats naturally gives a boost in endorphins.

5. Nature and Hiking Trails
There are so many nature trails to check out in Singapore. Whether you are a hiking-junkie couple or simply want to take a walk around a lush, green environment, there are many places you can go for an experience with nature. You can take the trails of the largest nature park in Singapore, Chestnut Nature Park. Or have a trek on TreeTop Walk and wonder at the great views from above the trees.

6. Saint Games
If you and your partner have a knack for gaming, go and play at Saint Games. The video game café offers sports games, music and rhythm games, 2-player Co-op games, fighting games and a lot more that you and your date can enjoy.

7. Bowling
Orchid Bowl is the place to be if you and your partner enjoy bowling while there’s heart-thumping music and neon strobe lights on the background. With its cosmic bowling sessions, you and your date can unwind and have a fun time simply with the game and the music.

8. Ice Skating
Playing around in the ice rink can lead to a fun and romantic date, especially if your date is new to it. If you’re looking for ways to get your partner to hold your hand or live that “girl slips and guy catches her” moment from the movies, ice skating is the answer.

22 May 2019

How to Remove Mildew from Leather Goods in 3 Steps

Over time, leather products such as shoes, clothes, and even handbags can have mildew and mold especially when kept in areas that are both hot and humid. Before it permanently damages the leather, it’s important to deal with the mold and mildew as quickly as possible.

Here’s how you can get rid of mold and mildew from your leather goods:

1. Take them outside
All you need to start a mildew colony is a single spore, so when you find it on any item kept in a humid area, it can multiply as quickly as possible.

The first step to dealing with mildewed items is to take them outside and use a soft-bristled brush to brush the spores away. You should also make sure to discard their paper or cardboard storage boxes since the mold or mildew can spread through them.

2. Add soap
Mix equal parts of mild detergent, leather saddle soap, and warm water in a bucket and wipe the leather surface down by dipping a clean cloth or sponge in this solution. Avoid placing them near direct heat or out in the sun.
After this, you should start killing the spores by mixing an equal ratio of cool water and rubbing alcohol. For shoes, use a cotton swab to deal with hard-to-reach crevices. Finally, be sure to wipe them down and allow to air dry.

Alternatively, you can also use a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. If you’re not sure if the mixture works, be sure to test it out on a small area of the material before proceeding to clean it.

3. Recondition the leather
Both leather and faux leather are products with oils that need to be maintained properly in order to prevent cracks from forming.

Wait for the leather item to dry completely before adding a leather conditioner. You can usually find leather conditioners in most cleaning sections, and when you do, be sure to follow the product’s instructions.

Tips on Proper Leather Care
Controlling temperature, air flow, and even humidity is crucial to caring for leather products in order to make them last for a long time.

Aside from doing the mentioned steps to keep mold and mildew free from your leather goods, there are other tips you can take to ensure proper care for them, such as the following:

• Store leather goods in cool, dry areas that are dust-free to minimize the growth of mold and mildew spores
• Never store soiled items – clean them first and let them dry out completely before storing them
• Reduce moisture in your home by using a dehumidifier and waterproof any damp areas and foundations; you can also add silica gel packets as an alternative

26 Apr 2019

5 Common Shoe Problems Your Cobbler Can Fix for You

Your shoes are an investment, so it’s important to not just take care of them, but also to have tem repaired and adjusted by a skilled cobbler when needed. This way, you not only get to save money, but you also extend the life of your footwear or even make it brand-new again.

To get you started, here are five common problems with your shoes that a cobbler can easily fix for you:

1. Slippery sole
A slippery sole is usually a sole that has worn down over time, and when you find that you have a hard time walking on your shoes without slipping, don’t hesitate to take them to a cobbler to install new non-skid ones.

2. Broken heel
A broken heel can easily ruin your day, but that doesn’t mean that your heels can’t be saved or even turned into something different entirely. For instance, your cobbler can easily narrow your wide heel into a stiletto, or adjust your stiletto into a wide heel.

3. The in-sole is too stiff
Your cobbler can add the right padding that suits the insole and arch of your shoes, which is great if you find yourself needing to walk a long distance in heels.

If you have a pinched toe or a tight heel, a cobbler can also stretch that part of your shoe for you using a stretching machine, as well as adjust the back part of the shoe in order to keep your heels from getting blisters.
Other problems include your shoe itself being either too tight or too loose, and if the latter is true for you, the worst thing you can encounter is accidentally flinging your shoe off and being unable to retrieve it.

4. Too long/short straps
Sandals or sling-backs can either be too long or too short for your foot, but a cobbler can adjust the straps for you to make them fit just right.

5. Not being weather/waterproof
When you’re stuck with bad weather and need to get from one place to another quickly in the rain, it’s important to have footwear that can stand up to the rain without soaking your feet.

But while you may think that getting boots for rainy days is a little too much, there’s a great fix for that. You can easily make your shoes waterproof by taking them to a cobbler and have any gaps tightened to prevent any water from going in.

Shoes eventually wear down with time and constant use, even with proper maintenance, in which case you need to take it to a cobbler who can fix it for you. But the good news is that there are many cobblers in Singapore who can do it for a reasonable price.

26 Apr 2019

Tips on How You Can Work Well Under Pressure

It has been observed that in Singapore, more and more workers are facing stress at work. There can be a lot of reasons behind this, but surely one is pressure. Much is expected from an individual and that can lead to the build-up of stress. But when he/she knows how to work well under pressure, that can present a lot of opportunities.

Place a positive spin on the situation
What makes working under pressure hard is our initial perception of pressure itself. Many of us see high-pressure situations as intimidating and threatening times. This leads to performing less and less productively. So, begin with changing the way you look at pressure. Think of it not as a threat but as a challenge. This way, you won’t drain yourself emotionally before the work even starts and you will be able to accept it just as another challenge that you can easily finish.

Plan ahead
Plan ahead of everything, and plan for the worst. This not only makes things flow a lot smoother, you’ll also be able to work easier under pressure. This is because you’re already ready for the unexpected. You have to recognize that unexpected things will always happen and not everything always goes in your favor. Planning things clearly ahead means that you are prepared for whatever may happen and makes you less affected by blunders and mistakes you otherwise would not have expected.

Don’t worry about the outcome
Focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about the outcome. Thinking about the outcome of a task before you even do it only gives you unnecessary stress. When you concentrate on what’s in front of you, you’ll be able to do things step by step hence finish the job more efficiently.

Listen to music you enjoy
Music is a great mood booster when working under pressure. There’s a lot of debate on how music affects productivity, but you can’t deny that it can help improve your mood. Playing some music will give you back some energy to do your tasks when you’re already getting tired. This is because music can also distract you from your worries and troubles. Try it, and dance around (if your work permits) if you want to even!

Psych yourself up
This is something unique to each person and is something fun you can try. Before you start on your task, psych yourself up with a certain routine or something like a pre-work ritual. For example, you can look and point at your reflection in the mirror and say, “You can do this!”. It can also be as simple as shouting, “I am the best! And I can do this!” Of course, make sure you’re not doing anything that might disturb others. This is just a good and simple way to muster more confidence and enthusiasm out of yourself.

02 Apr 2019