Practicing Safe Diving

Whether you are diving as a professional or for fun, you should always practice safe diving. Scuba attracts many people because it is the only time where one can experience the life of the sea. People often go scuba diving because they do not want to forget the magnificence of the sea. Before diving, you should be aware of its risks. You can start by asking your doctor if you are medically cleared to do that.

If you are cleared to dive, there are safety practices that you need to know. No matter what happens, you should stick to these practices because it can mean life or death when you are down there. What are the safety practices? Here’s a list:

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Participate in briefing

Before the dive, everyone is required to participate in briefing. Even if you are a professional, you should still attend especially if you do not know about the area. The dive plan will be discussed here. You will know the hazards, what you will encounter and what to do in case you get lost or separated from your partner. You will also be presented with hand signals; it is crucial that you understand and familiarize signals.

Be mindful of your equipments

The golden rule of scuba diving is always check your equipments. If you do not know a thing about it, you should ask questions but usually the equipments and how to use it are presented during briefing so you should listen carefully and seriously. You should never forget to check your tank, air, regulator and the BCD.

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Buddy check

Down there, you have no one but your buddy. You are responsible for him/her and he/she is to you. When checking your equipments, make sure that your buddy does it in front of you. When you are down there, always stick together and never stray away from the group or your partner. This is where hand signals come in. When you communicate, make sure that you use the proper signal to avoid confusion or misinterpretation.

10 Oct 2013

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Singapore

Singaporeans and people around the world always anticipate Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is famed for its life and vibrancy. There are many key events during Chinese New Year. You should visit Chinatown and witness how it comes to life during the New Year. Immerse yourself with the celebratory atmosphere. What takes place during Chinese New Year?

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Street Light-up

Be amazed with the dazzling display of lights, decorations and spectacular arches themed to welcome the year. You should look out for interactive displays. There is an endless photo opportunities as you walk through Chinatown too.

Official Light up and Opening Ceremony

The official light up and opening ceremony is the right way to kick off the celebrations. This is a must see event for both locals and tourists. You will see cultural performances, lion dances, firecrackers and pyrotechnics display.

Festive Street Stalls

You can wander around the festive street stalls. There are over five hundred stalls that promise to enthral visitors with a stunning selection of festive goodies like waxed duck, barbequed sweet meats, cookies, fresh flowers and other things.

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Nightly Stage Shows

If it is not enough, you can witness festive entertainment. You should head down to Kreta Ayer Square for the night stage shows. You will be charmed with local and international cultural performances. The stage shows are near the Buddha Tooth Relic and the Trishaw Park.

Countdown

Another highlight is the countdown. You can jumpstart the beginning of the Chinese New Year in the countdown party. Local celebrities are invited to amuse you with their songs and dances. What makes the evening more exciting is the display of the fireworks.

07 Oct 2013

The Benefits of Using Accounting Software

Accounting software is a big help to the daily business operations of Singapore-based companies. Every day, a lot of invoices are being prepared and sent to clients, and computerized accounting system makes it possible for a tedious user business accounting task like this to be done with ease. The attractiveness of accounting software as an indispensable tool in producing invoices has increased as it has become easy to use even for those without accounting background and as prices of the available packages in the market plummet.

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Swiftness

One major advantage brought by computerized Singapore accounting is the speed in making invoices. The entire accounting process is made faster and more efficient. Compared to manual accounting that makes use of paper and pen, you can now produce printouts of invoices, which are far more professional-looking. Aside from that, you can even send invoices through e-mail, which is a green alternative as it does not require paper and ink for printing. Speed is very important in business. The quicker you can send user business accounting software Singapore invoices to your clients, the quicker you are likely to get paid. Billing and invoicing packages significantly help in making the process of preparing and recording invoices automatic and seamless.

Fewer Errors

When you make invoices by “the paper and pen” method, there is a greater chance of committing mistakes. Confusion is common with the traditional method of Singapore accounting, and as a result, you might commit errors in calculating totals and doing other computations. But when you have accounting software to make invoices, you minimize your chances of committing errors. Billing and invoicing software also has a feature wherein you can include a tax percentage, if appropriate, and let the system take charge of all calculations. Software for invoices is very useful, especially when you have comprehensive invoices where items are billed at different rates. Confusion is eliminated, and so errors are kept at a minimal level.

Reporting of Accounts

For a business in Singapore to run well, it requires reliable and on-time information. Accounting software for billing and invoicing can help a company, both big and small, in acquiring such data. Another benefit business owners can get from using automated user business accounting invoice system is the ability to run account reports that can be very helpful in determining who among their clients have already settled their accounts and who still have outstanding balance. Reports are very important as they reveal who owes you, how much is owed, and for how long. With a Singapore computerized invoice system, you can monitor your finances and contact your clients who are late-payers.  This can drastically minimize financial losses on your part.

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Organization of Data

Losing and forgetting about invoices typically happens, particularly when prepared manually. First, bills and invoices can get lost in the mail. They can also be filed wrongly. However, with the use of user business accounting software package for bills and invoices, you no longer have to worry about losing these important papers. All of them can be organized in one place for you to review, reprint, and resend if there happens to be need. You can simply look into the system for Singapore invoices based on invoice numbers, names, or amounts. The entire process of searching is fast and easy as the software automatically organizes data as it is inputted.

03 Sep 2013

Dog: A Man’s Best Guide

Blindness is difficult. If you have this disability, you need to accept it and make the most if your life. It is not easy but with the help of people around, you will surely get by. For Mr. Alvin Ng, his life is easier with the help of his dog. Mr. Ng walks around Singapore with his dog Seretta, a two year old Labrador. Seretta is very special because she is trained by a professional guide dog instructor from Australia. The dog is trained based on Mr. Ng’s environment and physical type.With Seretta, Mr. Ng efficiently navigates around Singapore.

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Aside from guiding you, a dog is a blessing. Having dogs entail benefits. Benefits include:

Physical

Dogs can lessen stress and it can effectively decrease blood pressure. Aside from those, dog ownership is found to lower cholesterol and it can predict seizure attacks. More importantly, it can keep you healthy. Dogs need exercise and so do you. You should bring your dogs outside for exercise and you too can reap the benefits.

Emotional

Dog owners feel positive things when they are around their dogs. Dogs ease anxiety plus they can help you relax and feel safe. Dogs can also lift your mood and when you feel lonely or isolated, they seem to understand. To make it shorter, dogs bring happiness to their master. Their loyalty is unbeatable; they will never leave you no matter what happens.

Social

When you have dogs, there is a tendency that many people will approach you and talk to you. You will notice this if example you are in the park with your dog, there will always be someone who will approach you. It can promote interaction.

25 Jul 2013

Singapore Tightens Properly Loans

Singaporeans will find it hard to apply for property loans now that the tightening of loan rules is in full effect. The Minister of National Development said that this tightening is a measure to guarantee a steady property market.

Singaporeans should expect this to be permanent in time. The Central Bank initiated two frameworks- TDSR (Total Debt Servicing Ratio) and LTV (Loan to Value) which strongly limits housing loans. This action will fortify credit practices and promote financial forethought amongst borrowers.

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Aside from strengthening the property market, the government is eyeing to create a HDB community that will promote multi generation families to live closer. New houses are built in Tampines, Woodlands, Yishun and Sembawang that will encourage children to be near their parents or grandparents.

But how will you know you are ready to go on your separate way? Buying a house is difficult especially with the tightening security measure. You should be ready if ever you choose to avail of the housing loan. You should:

  • Look for a suitable community. You should canvass the community and see if it is what you like. This is crucial since you will spend most of your time there. You should determine if the community suits you well.
  • Make sure you can afford it. Of course, this is important. Do not enter into something that you cannot handle. Do not let pressure sink in. If you cannot afford it, stay in an apartment or rent a room. Do not push it because you will be the one who will suffer later.
  • If you consider private loans, compare interest rates. If you want to get bank loans, you should compare interest rates and payment schemes among banking institutions. It is important that you are oriented about the guidelines so you will know what to expect.

22 Jul 2013

Do Not Be Afraid of the Wildlife

When you encounter the wildlife, you feel scared because you feel unsafe and threatened. Indeed there are animals that should be feared but there are animals that are adorable and safe.

To which animals are adorable and safe, you can visit the following places:

S.E.A Aquarium

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S.E.A Aquarium lies in Resorts World Sentosa. Admission charges apply. Adults should pay S$33 and S$23 for children (4 to 12 years of age) and seniors (above 60 years of age). They are open from 10 am to 7pm daily. For other inquiries and ticketing information, you can call them at (+65) 6577-8888.

S.E.A Aquarium is considered the largest aquarium in the world. The aquarium houses more than 800 marine species.

River Safari

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River Safari lies in Mandai Lake Road. Park admission for adult is S$25, S$16 for children and S$12.50 for seniors. They are open from 9am to 6pm every day. For other inquiries and ticketing information, you can call them at (+65) 6269-3411 or 6365-2331.

At the safari, you will encounter 300 terrestrial and aquatic species. You can also visit the giant pandas in their forest.

Night Safari

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Night Safari also lies in Mandai Lake Road. Park admission for adult is S$35 and S$23 for children. They are open from 7:30am to 12am. For other inquiries and ticketing information, you can call them at (+65) 6269-3411.

You now have a chance to observe nocturnal animals at their natural habitat. You will see 115 species of animals in the park.

Singapore Zoo

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Singapore Zoo is adjacent to River Safari and Night Safari at Mandai Lake Road. Park admission for adult is S$35 and S$23 for children. They are open from 8:30am to 6pm. For other inquiries and ticketing information, you can call them at (+65) 6269-3411.

20 Jul 2013

Discover Singapore’s ArtScience Museum

Your Marina Bay experience will never be complete without visiting the ArtScience Museum. ArtScience Museum is the first in the world. It is a famous attraction of Marina Bay Sands opened last February 2011. When you see the structure, you will think of hands. Others thought of the structure as a banana or a lotus flower. The developers are proud of the structure because of its practicality. Rainwater is collected at the center of the building which is recycled for the building’s restrooms.

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Here’s what you need to know about ArtScience Museum:

Exhibitions

You can choose between permanent exhibition and travelling exhibitions. Permanent exhibition comprises of three galleries (Curiosity, Inspiration and Expression). Travelling exhibitions change presentations or exhibitions over a period of time. For 2013, you can see The Art of the Brick and Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb (opening April 27, 2013).

Amenities

The museum offers different amenities for visitors to enhance their experience. There are information and general assistance centers if you need to ask something. For bulky items, you can leave it at the Bag Check counters; it is advisable not to bring bulky or sharp objects. There are souvenir shops and cafes you can go to if you want to relax. Don’t worry because there is First Aid room if you feel uncomfortable or sick.

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Getting there

You can choose to ride your car, ride a taxi, MRT or bus. Car park is at the North Car Park of the Marina Bay Sands. Taxis are convenient if you want to get there fast. If you decide to take the bus, look for SBS 97, 97E, 133M, 502 and 518. For MRT, make sure to reach Bayfront, Promenade or Marina Bay stations then you can walk from there.

18 Jul 2013