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

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

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

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

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

Habits Women in Their 20’s Should Develop  

People say that your twenties is the time to discover and to know yourself more. This is very true. Moreover, reaching your twenties entails a whole lot of responsibilities and experiences just waiting to happen. Your twenties should be a time for self-discovery, but also the time for self-improvement.

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Read on to know some habits women in their twenties should start to develop to get ahead in life.

Be in the loop

Make it a habit to read up on the current events around the world. Nowadays, it’s not difficult to stay updated because we can just look for it on the Internet and literally find everything there. Knowledge is power. You’ll never know where all these information may be of use to you.

Eat breakfast

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When we have a hearty breakfast, it is an instant mood booster. Eating breakfast will give you energy to fully function and accomplish the work you have to do. Now that you are all grown up, you need the fuel to be able to carry out your daily tasks. When you regularly skip breakfast, you will feel tired, sluggish and grumpy.

Take good care of your skin

Although you are past puberty, you can still get acne or other skin problems. Therefore it is important to have a foolproof beauty regimen so that your skin will remain healthy and glowing. Use products that are right for your skin and remember to wash up before going to bed at night. Your skin will thank you later.

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18 Nov 2014