12 Alternatives to the Traditional Flower Bouquet

If you and your partner are not fans of the traditional wedding, you would also go for a non-traditional wedding bouquet to complete the bridal look. There are a lot of alternatives to a flower bouquet that look just as impressive. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration.

Feather bouquet with beads. Some flowers will wilt within a few hours. If you do not want your bridal bouquet and decorations to look half dead before the party is over, synthetic feathers are just as beautiful to look at. Just add some beads and other sparkly embellishments.

Paper flower bouquets. If you still want flowers but do not like the idea of them wilting before the ceremony is over, fake flowers will do. You could have one created from various colors and textures to make them look like the real thing. Experiment with different types of paper like ombre, pages from an old book, etc.

Fabric origami. Instead of paper, you can also make a bouquet of flowers using fabric, lace, ribbons, etc. You have more choices with the fabric colors and patterns than with the flowers that are available only at specific months of the year.

Leather bouquets. Leather can also be shaped into flowers to make a bouquet. You could find dyed leather in hobby shops or you can dye them yourself with simple tools.

Burlap bouquets. Another option besides paper and felt is burlap. The pattern has a unique texture you will not get with flowers and greenery. It will not wilt if when exposed to sunlight on an outdoor or beach wedding, too.

Felt flower bouquet. Felt paper is also a good option for creative brides because they come in various bright colors. They also have a textured surface which can be embellished with buttons, gems, ribbons, and many more.

Dazzling brooch bouquets. Nothing says statement piece than a bejeweled bouquet. You can have one customized to include your favorite colors and shapes or gems that will go well with your wedding theme.

Embroidery hoop. Flower hoops are becoming popular nowadays, but a great alternative would be made from lace and ribbons.

Beaded bouquets. If gems are too expensive or showy for you, an alternative would be to create a bouquet from French beads. The texture and brilliant colors make the bouquet picture worthy.

Crocheted bouquet. This will look great as boutonnieres and bridesmaid bouquets but will also turn heads as a bridal bouquet.

Dried flowers bouquet. With this bouquet, you do not have to worry about the blooms wilting because they are already dry. You can also add more embellishments like lace or even spray paint on the flowers.

Feather fan. Another option you can do with feathers is to decorate a huge fans with. Add some stones, beads, and ribbons to complete the look.

19 Sep 2020

How to Avoid Falling for False Advertisements

Most of us have access to the internet nowadays, making it easier for companies to advertise their products like never before. Not all people pay attention to advertisements, however, and even think of them as nuisance because we think we can easily tune them out. That is not how it works at all.

What should you do to protect yourself from advertisements, especially those that send out false information?

Read all relevant information

If you are looking for a specific product, you need to research. Some advertisements do not provide everything or construct the message to make it more attractive to customers. After all, the goal is to sell the products or services. Before any purchase, read all relevant information especially the offers that seem significant in the advertisement.

Remember that legit ads should be clear

You could easily spot suspicious ads even if you have no background in advertising and marketing. Offers and conditions must be included in the advertisement clearly and concisely. If it is an ad on the internet, it should provide relevant links to the site to give the customers more information. If it takes you a while to get the information you need (e.g., you need to click various pages), then stay away from it.

Check prices carefully

Be wary of ads that post prices with asterisks beside it. Maybe that is not the full price for the product or service. You might have to pay separately for other charges like VAT, delivery, booking, etc. Before finalizing any online purchase for example, you should check the additional charges at the bottom of the ad or the page (usually in small font size) to avoid surprises. This is mostly a problem with online purchases and ticket providers.

Don’t believe exaggerations

Presentation is everything when it comes to ads. They need to stand out among competitors which is why they will exaggerate features or capabilities of their products and services. It does not necessarily mean they are misleading the customers, but you should not take things literally.

Read the small texts

Some ads like posters have extra text somewhere that most people don’t read. Usually, these contain important information that must be included but the company is hesitant to include because it can contradict the claims of the ad. You will see this more commonly when products are advertising marked down prices. There is usually a text somewhere that says, “on selected items only.”

Don’t fall for “going green” tactics

This is a common tactic to attract customers by appealing to guilt. It is so easy to post “recycled” or “environmentally friendly” then add some trees and endangered animals on the ad. But claims like these are usually untrue. Sure, the company may be taking steps to reduce waste and source sustainably but there are other aspects not shown on the ad such as packing, transportation, labor, etc. which might still be problematic.

17 Jun 2020

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

A Guide for Science Fiction Beginners


The definition of science fiction as a genre has been an ongoing debate. Loosely defined, science fiction is set in a world that may differ or mirror our society in its use of science and technology. It talks about changes and encountering the unknown. It questions our ideas of society, morality and the use of knowledge. It also mirrors our society so we can reflect on our mistakes and avoid making the same decisions in the future.

The Pioneers in Science Fiction

Considered as one of the three sub-genres of speculative fiction, science fiction as a literature has evolved over the years since Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels. Although some would argue that it’s not science fiction, it has elements found in most science fiction novels today, like Gulliver’s encounters with dystopian and utopian societies. It inspired a sub-genre of adventure stories. It was followed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which examined the dangers of taking science to another level without considering moral responsibility. Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea started a trend in stories about exploration and travel to unknown places. H.G. Wells was the first writer to introduce the idea of time travel with The Time Machine.


Science Fiction Essentials

Today there are dozens of science fiction subgenres like alien invasion, cyberpunk, hard SF, military SF, space opera and steampunk.

If you’re new to the genre, here are some of the books to help get you started. Outstanding books from the different subgenres were selected for the list.


Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C. Clarke is composed of four novels. It’s the blueprint for all the other space opera novel about the human race trying to extend its reach to its neighboring planets.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is the best example of military science fiction and the exploration of the concept of time dilation in interstellar voyages. It is told from the point of view of a soldier who spent his life fighting for a war that lasted for centuries.


I Am Legend by Richard Matheson is the ultimate zombie and post-apocalyptic novel. Told from the point of view of the only human survivor in a plague, it deals with the loneliness and frustration of being the last of his kind.


Try Dune Series by Frank Herbert and Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov for interstellar civilizations. Dune is set thousands of years in the future and explores a technologically advanced society which ironically has banned the development of artificial intelligence. Foundation is about the preservation of galactic civilizations with the waning of the Galactic Empire. It will seem familiar to readers who have read about the rise and fall of ancient human civilizations.


1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are three of the best dystopian books ever written. Everything else that came after them are like recreations. They explore the psychological and emotional chaos that happens when the protagonist realizes that the totalitarian society he lives in does not bring him happiness.

13 Feb 2017

Boost Your Creative Juice!

5 Ways to Get Over a Creative Slump


Experiencing a creative block happens even to the best of us. A creative slump, also known as the blank page syndrome, is often caused by criticism, lack of inspiration or mental burnout. While going through a creative slump might feel like the end of the world to you, there are some things that you can do to overcome this problem. Here, we’ve listed down some tips that will surely help in getting your creative juices pumping again.

  1. Change Up Your Daily Routine

One factor that puts most people into a creative slump is doing the same thing every day. Being stuck in a routine for a long time keeps you from feeling inspired, thus stunting your creativity. So instead of sticking with your routine, change things up and challenge your thought process. Instead of using your laptop, write down your thoughts with a pen and paper; or work outdoors instead of staying in your office. Remember that even the smallest change is already enough to trigger your senses and get your creative juices to flow.

  1. Be Positive

Being creative can be difficult when you surround yourself with negativity – but you can easily get away from this by simply thinking of happy thoughts. Start by complaining less and hanging around optimistic people. This should be enough to save you from a creative slump, since being in a positive environment will surely make you feel inspired.

  1. Exercise

Incorporating exercise in your daily routine can impact the way your mind works. Not only will working out keep you physically healthy, it’ll also help in improving your mood by releasing a hormone known as endorphins. People often experience creative slumps because they forget to care for themselves. So make sure that you make your well-being your top priority.

  1. Daydream

Although your teacher may have scolded you for doing it in class, daydreaming can actually be a great way to get over your creative slump. Doing so allows your brain to relax while imagining different solutions to the issue that you’re trying to solve. This permits you to see the big picture and be an open-minded person.

  1. Accept It

Beating yourself up because you’re experiencing a creative slump won’t get you anywhere. So instead of criticising the faults you made, learn to accept and embrace them. Failing to produce creative thoughts won’t weigh on your skill to produce good work. So embrace the moment that you’re going through a creative slump and challenge yourself to get over it by being true to your emotions.

Going through a creative slump might not be the best thing that could happen to you, but experiencing one may actually help in boosting your creativity. So avoid excessively beating yourself up whenever you experience this issue. Instead, ensure that you follow these simple tips to help you overcome your creative block once and for all.

09 Dec 2016

Will Money Make You Happy?


Here in Singapore, you work hard because you need money to live. Actually, the higher the pay, the happier you will be however, many people beg to disagree. Money will make you happy until a certain point in time. Once you attained everything that you ever wished for, money will no longer give the same effect.

Hand drawing unhappy and happy smileys on blackboard

Of course you think this is odd since money can buy all things even happiness. How good it feels not to worry about money and the future but you have to know that there are some studies that prove money is not everything. You will not understand it unless you experienced it.

Take Evan Spiegel’s example. He is a twenty three year old CEO of a startup company called Snapchat. In the past months, Wall Street Journal reported that he turned down an acquisition offer of $3 billion from Facebook. In the minds of ordinary people, he is crazy for turning down such offer. But on his end, additional money will not make him happy since he is twice rich already without the acquisition offer.

Those who are bewildered about his decision said he made a great mistake but tech guys understood his decision. The topic of wealth and happiness is complicated and topics about it are coated with judgement. So will money make you happy? Here are some interesting thoughts:


Relationship will make you happier than money

There is an argument that the more money you have, the happier your life would be. The truth is, you do not need money to maintain the level of happiness. Happiness reflects on the relationships that you make and the quality thereof.

Money will only make you want more

If you think about your money and everyone else’s, you will always feel poor. You have $10 million dollars but when you learned that your neighbour has 11, you will feel poor hence you strive to make more money – which is not that fun.

You end up working all the time

You work hard to be rich unless you are an heiress. You see some rich people on television enjoying and living the life. If you got rich through hard work, you will spend most of your time cultivating your money and you end up hustling work and family.

The lesson here is whether you have an extravagant living or a simple one, money will certainly not make you happy. Money is just superficial. Look for deeper things like knowledge and inner peace. Your days will be happier that way.

Boy with Cash

03 Oct 2016

7 Things You Can Do to Be Happier  

According to this year’s World Happiness Report, Singapore is the world’s 24th happiest country based on factors like life expectancy, social support and generosity of people. If you ask the people though, most of us would probably say there’s still plenty of room for more happiness. Here’s seven ways to have that.


  1. Maintain good health. Multiple studies have found a strong relationship between people’s level of happiness and their state of health. Simply put: the healthier you are, the happier you are also. So if you want to brighten up your life follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and take adequate rest.


  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Our culture promotes a very goal-oriented philosophy, which consequently makes many of us work ourselves to exhaustion. Well, bad idea. Overexerting ourselves and punishing ourselves when we don’t reach our goals almost always leads to bad health and feeling miserable.


  1. Join a group. Being a member of a group who shares your passions and interests will reduce feelings of anxiety and melancholy. So find an activity that you can do with other people, whether it’s regularly working out at the gym, discussing literary works with a book club, or contributing to a good cause in society.happier-at-work


  1. Practice gratefulness. All too often, we take for granted the things that are readily available to us, failing to see how much comfort it brings to our lives. To illustrate, just consider that the nearly-costless clean water coming from your tap is unavailable to 783 million people around the world.


  1. Learn to let things go. In the total scheme of things, so much of what “composes” our lives don’t’ really matter. This isn’t to say that you should have a care, but only that you should temper your emotions and reactions based on the real importance of each thing.


  1. Find solutions not problems. Do you know people who just can’t seem to run out of things to complain about? Terrible company, aren’t they? If you want to be happier, focus on solutions not problems. Treat setbacks as opportunities for learning and change rather than something permanent that you’re helpless against.


  1. Commit to happiness. Many people say they want to be happy, but do nothing to actually attain it. The thing is, happiness isn’t some random thing that just falls on anyone. To be happy, you have to consciously will yourself to be so and to cultivate positive emotions.


21 Jan 2016