It seems that the last thing you can do when you’re a hot mess with unbearable cough and sore throat is putting on a full-glam look, but there are some techniques that require very little effort to look good—perfect for when it takes a lot of effort just to bring yourself to the mirror. Here are some ways to look fresh and presentable the next time the unpredictable weather takes its toll on you.

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1. Try Caffeinated Face Scrub

When you wake up feeling sick, taking a shower may not be on your priority list, but at least wash your face. An energizing caffeine-powered face scrub is just the thing to wake your senses and make you feel refreshed. Any caffeinated beauty product brightens and tightens the skin and leaves you with that delightful tingling sensation, perfect to start the day when you’re not feeling your best.

2. Moisturize Your Skin

One of the easiest ways to look healthy when you’re sick is to keep your skin hydrated. Just because you’re not feeling well doesn’t mean you can forego skin care. Facial moisturizer instantly gives your face the glow it desperately needs—and also protects the skin against constant friction from all the tissue you will be using on your nose. For more skin moisturizing effect, use a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation as your base.

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3. Sculpt the Brows

You’d be surprised how well-groomed and sculpted brows bring life to the face. Not only does tamed brows make you look put-together, a nice arch also lifts the face in a snap. So, whether you have naturally full brows or a sparse pair, a tinted brow gel is the quickest way to colour and shape your arches.

4. Put Some Colour On your Skin

It’s normal to look pale when you’re sick. To bring back the colour, put on some cream bronzer and blush. Apply bronzer on the perimeters of the face and blush on the apples of the cheeks. The right amount of bronzer and blush will add the much-needed healthy colour on the skin.

5. Swipe Some Gloss

Cracked lips are obvious signs that you are terribly sick, but a swipe of lip gloss can easily bring those puckers back to life. Pick a sheer lip gloss with a light pink hue that’s close to your natural lip colour. As much as possible, avoid nude shades as they only wash you out even more.

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Being sick can make you feel down, but sometimes you just need to bring yourself up and face the world. These simple ways to look good are worth the extra effort, because after all, when you look good, you feel good.

Social media is a great platform to share your thoughts and gather new ideas. For some professionals, these platforms can boost their career; while for others, it could mean the end of their profession. Do not be one of those in the latter group. Make sure to avoid these four social media mistakes to maintain a healthy environment for your professional growth.

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1. Talking Trash About Your Work or Boss

Putting out your rants for the public to see is never the best way to deal with your frustrations, especially if it has something to do with your job. Even if your post is hidden from your boss, an officemate might see and forward it to him. And even though that one post or comment does not hurt your current job, it could come haunting you later on. A future prospect employer might see the post and think that you’re not healthy for his company as you have the tendency to badmouth your employer when something doesn’t go your way.

2. Badmouthing Your Clients

Like the first one, complaining about your customers can have equally damaging effects to your reputation. Numerous social media stories involving waiters who took photos of poor tips and posted them online got fired for doing such action. Complaining about customers puts the company in a bad position. Most employers in Singapore do not tolerate that, so avoid posting such complaints on your social media accounts.

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3. Posting Party Photos with Alcohol

You have probably heard stories that someone lost a job because of posting photos on social media with tequila on hand, or more like engaging in wild parties. Sometimes, people even post photos of themselves in company uniform, lewdly dancing and making offensive hand gestures. Some photos are best kept private. Before posting something online, consider if you would want your employer or colleague to see it.

4. Writing Something About Your Political Views

Working for a company also means representing them wherever you go and in whatever you do. As such, whatever you write and post online will now be reflected on the company you’re working with. Before posting any of your political views, think about this every time. Typically, political contents that swing extremely right or left are flagged as inappropriate by companies. The best thing you can do is to keep your posts wholesome or simply keep your political views to yourself.

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On way to boost your professional image is by being mindful of your social media activities. As long as you keep these tips in mind, you will keep your job and your professional reputation intact.

 
As much as possible you want your environment to shine with flashy lights especially at night. You do this to fend off whatever is lurking in the dark. Now this sounds harmless but you have to be aware that if you continue overdoing the lights, you are contributing to light pollution. Perhaps you are not familiar about it or you just choose to ignore but regardless, this is the time that you have to know everything about it.

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Light pollution is the extensive use of artificial light. It is undeniable that Singapore has this extensive use of artificial light and so does New York or Paris. Actually, light pollution is the negative effect of urbanization. When you hear pollution, regardless of the kind, it compromises health of the people as well as upsetting the ecosystems and destroying the aesthetic environment. No matter how you see it, it can have a lasting effect.

Types of light pollution

You have to know that light pollution is broad. It can refer to different problems that are stimulated by excessive use of artificial light. Types include light trespass, over-illumination, glare, light clutter and skyglow. Light trespass refers to the unwanted light that entered another’s property. Over-illumination on the other hand is the extreme use of light. Glare can be categorized differently but in general it refers to a shine with harsh and uncomfortable brilliant light. Light clutter means the extensive light grouping that can distract and confuse people. Lastly, skyglow is the diffused glow of light.

Light pollution’s impact on energy

Light uses energy without a doubt but excessive lighting also means excessive and unnecessary use of energy. How can people deal with this? Energy conservation is the key to address this issue. Advocates are raising awareness so people can change their habits so light is used efficiently. It is therefore crucial for every government to provide its citizens of information about light pollution, the potential problems that will arise from it and how to reduce its effect on energy use.

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You have learned that in this world, too much of something is bad and it entails consequences. The first consequence that you have to face is energy waste. You have to know that lighting is accountable for almost ¼ of all electricity consumption in the world. It was mentioned earlier that it can also compromise the health on both human and animal. In the world of astronomy, light pollution destroys the night sky. With light pollution, the skies have become blurry and stars less sparkly.

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It is not every day that you are educated about pollution but it is something that you have to keep in mind for the remainder of your life – if you want to live longer. Pollution, regardless of the kind, can have a negative effect on your health and the ecosystem. There are many kinds of pollution but not all see the gravity of light pollution.

Light pollution is everywhere even here in Singapore. In a world filled with darkness at night, one can understand the person’s desire to give or shine light. But you have to be aware of how far you can give or show light. Light pollution means the excessive and unnecessary use of artificial lights. All can be blamed of this phenomenon. It is actually one of the negative effects of modernization.

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Light pollution is a serious problem that should be addressed. Do not ignore it because you feel it is harmless. Lights can never harm anyone after all. But that is where you are wrong. You have to act now before it is too late for your children and the future. Start by raising awareness. To help to raise awareness, it is imperative that you know the types of light pollution.

Here are the types of light pollution:

    • Light trespass: When you hear trespass, it means invading another’s property. Light trespass happens when unwanted strong light shines on another’s property. This is serious because if the strong light goes through the window, it can lead to problems like sleep deprivation. The good thing is that governments determined a standard outdoor lighting to protect the rights of everyone.

    • Over-illumination: Over-illumination is a common problem. When you use lights too much, you also use barrels of oil every day and that is energy wasted. The common perpetrators are commercial buildings where they consume so much energy every day. The good news is that this problem can be easily corrected using inexpensive technology. The company just needs to consider it.

    • Glare: Glare is another type of light pollution that gives distress because of the brilliant light. It has three subcategories – blinding glare, disability glare and discomfort glare. The glare is especially a public health hazard and it worsens as you grow old.

    • Skyglow: Skyglow refers to diffused glow that is usually seen in populated areas. This is the cause of decreased visibility of stars at night. Astronomers particularly dislike this kind of light pollution because it interferes with their studies. It can be reduced with the help of the right lighting fixture.

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Perhaps, there’s no such person who wouldn’t like to be happy. In the midst of the demands of life and work or school, happiness is often pushed aside to make room for worry, stress and anxiety. It doesn’t have to be this way all the time. Here are 10 simple things you can do that can help improve your level of happiness.

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  1. Have some dark chocolate. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can trigger production of oxytocin—the ‘feel good’ hormones—and help relax blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure.

 

  1. Get a massage. Who wouldn’t be pleasured with a massage? Whether it’s done by a professional or by your spouse, gentle touches are relieving and make anyone feel good.

 

  1. Listen to music. It should be a part of your everyday routine. Playing upbeat songs will make you feel positive and energized, while slow and calming songs at the end of the day will help you feel relaxed and rested.

 

  1. Take a relaxing bath. Make this a habit before going to bed. Prepare a warm, relaxing bath with essential oils and rose petals (if you like). Giving your body a much needed relaxation at the end of the day will give you the peace of mind to sleep well during the night.

 

  1. Go shopping. Women love this! But it can be equally satisfying for men, too. Shop not just for clothes, but anything you want—shoes, bags, sports gear, etc. It’s always nice to buy yourself something, isn’t it?

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  1. Whip yourself some good food. This is a lot better when done with your significant other. Cooking together will make the both of you feel happier. Plus, nothing beats good food when it comes to instantly lift your mood.

 

  1. Prioritize yourself. Whenever you feel exhausted or bummed out, take a break and do whatever relaxes you. Even if it means 15 minutes of break to savour a cup of joe or take an afternoon nap, prioritizing yourself in the middle of a busy day is always worth it if it gives yourself a chance to relax.

 

  1. Go on a picnic. Go out with your family, friends or with your partner. Prepare something to bring with your for an afternoon picnic at the park. Spend some time outdoors, savouring the beauty of nature, breathing fresh air and just having fun.

 

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle. Bad habits have the tendency to pull negative vibes into your life. It’s not just smoking or taking drugs, it may be spending too much time on TV, laziness, etc. As simple as when you’re not making the right choices in your life, you’re far from being happy.

 

  1. Love may hurt, but it also gives us absolute joy. If you love and you are loved in return, you feel the happiest, don’t you?

Remember, happiness is a choice. It’s all up to you how to make it happen.

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Working out on weekends is pretty easy, since you don’t have other things to do. You can start your Saturday by hitting the gym or spend an hour or two of leisurely bike ride in the in the afternoon.

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Here comes Monday; just the thought of finding time for a run can be overwhelming. Morning meetings and after-work happy hours make it even harder to find time to go to the gym. But, regular exercise throughout the week is important as it helps manage stress and sleep better at night. Here’s how you can make weekday workouts happen.

  1. Get Your Gym Gear Ready

Get your workout gear all set, so you won’t have an excuse not to go to the gym. Do your laundry on weekends to make sure all your gym clothes are clean and sorted out before the week starts. Have a set of gym apparel ready at all times in your car, so you can go to the gym right away when the time allows.

  1. Schedule Your Week

Workweek can get really busy. That’s why it’s important to make a schedule in advance. On Sundays, figure out the most convenient times for you to workout. Most gyms and fitness studios nowadays have online sites where they post their monthly classes. Check your gym’s website to see which classes you can attend during the week that will fit your work schedule.

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  1. Gather a Squad

Gym buddies make working out a lot easier. They don’t only keep you accountable for showing up, but they generally make working out fun. Ask around to see if anyone in your office wants to do yoga or try HIIT after work, or if someone lives near your neighbourhood for an early morning jog.

  1. Keep It Interesting

Choosing an exercise you know you’ll love will make it easier for you to start and maintain a workout schedule. But don’t limit yourself to the same exercise. Every once in a while, switch things up. Though there’s nothing wrong with getting into a routine, it’s more exciting to work out when you know you’re going to try a new type of exercise you have never tried before.

Hit the gym or just be a couch potato? Do not make the wrong choice, no matter how busy you are. While it’s a tough decision to make after a stressful day at work, remember that even Mark Zuckerberg finds time to jog several times a week. If you aren’t as busy as a business CEO, there’s no excuse for not working out on weekdays.

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It is okay to retake photos especially if you are just new with taking selfies but as you go along, you will learn to perfect it, score tons likes and be the popular person in your community. If you want to hasten the process of taking amazing selfies, you can consider the following easy tricks:

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  • Tilt your head: Tilting the head at an angle is a simple trick that you should master. Tilting the head at an angle is very effective in highlighting your cheekbones plus it can make your eyes look wider. This will surely yield off adorable vibes.

 

  • Look for good lights: The secret to a perfect selfie is good lights. With the right light, it will spark your skin thereby making you look amazing. Thin of the hair too! It will be shiny. So next time you take a selfie, go outside and take advantage of the light.

 

  • Find your pose: You should have a signature pose. This is like packaging your best features in the picture for show. If you feel good about your pose, your picture will say the same too. No matter the situation, always strike that pose.

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  • Consider editing apps: Editing is okay as long as you do not go far from reality. Editing is actually better than filter. There are different applications here in Singapore either free or at minimal cost. Editing your photos a little can surely land you many likes.

 

  • Use fan: The oldest trick of photographers is fanning. Many magazines love this. If you have a fan around, use it. The glamorous movement of your hair can be the thing that you are waiting for. It should be few feet away from you so the pictures will look like natural.

 

  • Hold it above: When taking selfie, the easiest thing that you can do is to hold the camera slightly above your head. This will give your selfies a stronger feel. If you want to showcase your outfit of the day, you have to consider this.

 

  • Enjoy the process: Your followers may enjoy candid photos instead of scripted ones. You don’t have to take serious pictures all the time. Sometimes “wacky” is all you need to be vibrant. You will surely garner more followers if they saw that you are having a great time with the photos.

Hopefully these tricks are enough to make an amazing selfie. Always trust in the power of your smartphone, skills and your good looks. If you are still not taking good selfies, just patiently practice and you will surely master it in time.

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You are given a chance to travel for business. That makes you feel really special. If you are sent to somewhere to conduct business in behalf of the company, it is imperative that you bring along different items to stay connected. You should bring your laptop. The good news is that there are lightweight laptops available here in Singapore now. These lightweight laptops can make your business trip trouble-free.

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The only challenge that you will encounter is choosing which tech brands offer the thinnest or lightest. Who would want lugging bulky computers when traveling? You can actually choose tablets but it is not practical especially if you are used to a full-size keyboard. Laptops should be carried when for any business trip. Here is a list of lightweight laptops available in the market now perfect for any business trips:

  1. HP Spectre: HP Spectre boasts of .40 inch thick design plus 2.45 pounds weight. It is surely lightweight but developers spared some designs like its two-tone black and gold finish plus rounded piston hinges. Speakers are Bang & Olufsen. It costs about $1,425.

 

  1. MacBook Air: MacBook air brags of 13.3-inch widescreen display. Though it is not light as other MacBook at 2.96 pounds. It is idea for business trips where sockets are not readily available because of its up to 12 hours battery life. It costs about $999.

 

  1. Macbook: If you want lighter and thinner Mac than the previous one, this is the perfect choice. It has 12-inch retina display and weighs about 2.03 pounds. Its battery life is up to 10 hours. The good news is that you can choose many finishes from metallic gray to rose gold. It costs about $1,299.

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  1. Dell XPS 13: Thin laptops tend to compromise other features in an effort to slim down. But not the Dell XPS 13. It boasts of an Intel Core i7 processor plus one terabyte storage not to mention 6 ports. It weighs 2.7 pounds. It costs about $1,422.

 

  1. Vaio Z: If you do not look closely, Vaio Z can be mistaken as a Macbook Pro. It weighs 2.58 pounds with 0.59 to 0.66 inch thickness. Vaio made it from aluminium, mica stone and carbon. It costs $1,799.

There is nothing wrong if you mix business with pleasure. After working hard, you can finally explore the corners of whatever place you are in. Do not forget to have fun in the process. You can buy these laptops around do not worry.

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Menstrual cycles are something you have to deal with every month and that is not very comfortable at all. There are girls who are blessed enough not to encounter menstrual discomforts every month while some feel pain and other things. Lucky for you, your mother is there to teach something which she got from your grandmother and your female predecessors.

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What are the things to avoid during your menstrual cycle? Here are some:

  1. Do not shave: According to scientists, during your menstrual cycle, oestrogen levels fall dramatically. If you have low oestrogen levels, it makes physical pain hurt more because this is the time the body becomes too sensitive. If you are due for waxing or even shaving, you should move it for when your period is over. If you have an appointment with your dentist, postpone it too.

 

  1. Do not watch sad movies: You might find this foolish but you have to believe that it can play a part in menstrual discomfort. You should not be surprised that your emotions are little different when you are on your period. Your hormone levels will drip and romantic or sad movies will only make things worse. These movies can intensify your sensitivity which will make you feel more down. Instead, watch for funny movies.

 

  1. Do not be lethargic: Here in Singapore, women with periods are allowed to skip PE or gym classes because they think that it can do harm. The truth is it does not. If you are being lethargic, all the more you can think of the pain and discomfort. Experts are recommending women to do physical activities during their menstrual cycle as it helps with anxiety and cramps.

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  1. Do not consume dairy products: Dairy products are not best when you have your menstruation because they contain arachidonic acid. This acid can result to more cramping in your lower abdomen.

 

  1. Do not eat foods high in salt: Whether it is your menstrual cycle or not, experts are discouraging people to eat foods high in salt or in sodium. Remember that increased consumption of sodium can lead to bloating, cramps and fluid retention which are not helpful during your menstrual periods.

 

  1. Do not let the protection stay longer: Tampons are important during these days and some claim that you can use it for eight hours straight. No matter the case, you have to frequently change tampons every three to four hours. This will limit the discomfort plus it can prevent the development of bacteria resulting to that foul odor you know so well.

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All Singaporeans have attitude – some are easy to bear with, some are difficult. Regardless of the attitude of the people you meet, it is important that you know how to handle them because it can make you successful at the end of the day. It is helpful that you have this kind of emotional intelligence so you can deal with people especially those that are toxic or difficult.

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Here’s how you should handle difficult people:

  1. Establishing boundaries. At the beginning, smart people already know that they cannot please everybody. You can start with that. Once you accept that, you will not sell yourself short. You will instead rise above amidst the chaos and establish some distance or boundaries with difficult people.

 

  1. Focusing on solutions. You should not waste your time trying to understand difficult people and changing them. Instead of focusing on them, why not focus on the problems and make actions. It will better the odds. There is no point listening to their negativity.

 

  1. Being self-aware. When you are aware of your weaknesses and strengths, you have better chances of outsmarting difficult people. When you are met with different stress every day, by knowing your weaknesses and strengths, you do not allow difficult people to influence your actions.

 

  1. Learning from the situation. Yes you can forgive but you cannot forget because it served as your lesson learned. All these years, you have learned that experience is the best teacher. You can protect yourself from the claws of negative or difficult people by remembering the lessons you learned in life.

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  1. Tuning out negativity. There is no surprise that difficult people always speak of negativity and criticism. You should be wise enough not to listen to them because chances are they are just making things a lot messier. You should not listen or even engage in negativity and criticism talks.

 

  1. Saving energy. Difficult people will stir disagreement and fight. If you are involved, you will be damaged. The best way is to save all your energy for the next day. Do not respond to all negative things you hear.

 

  1. Focusing on the good things. Smart people simply want to be happy and pray to stay that way for a long time. If you derive your joys within rather than the external forces, brighter days will come. However if you need other people to make you feel happy, that is the time that you need to get away.

 

  1. Resting when necessary. If you get enough rest, nothing can break you. Sleeping is important because it recharges your brains and emotions.

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Some people think that a good singing voice is something you’re either born with or without. However, while genetics do play a role in defining the sound of our voice, our singing voice is still an instrument that can still be trained. So whether you have ambitions of singing opera, modern pop, or any other genre, the following vocal training tips will surely help you unlock your singing voice—and make you sound better than you may have thought possible.

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1. Perform Warm-Up Exercises to Prevent Injuries

Just like how you’d warm up your muscles before exercising, you also need to warm up your vocal cords before singing to prevent injuries and strains. Start warming up your vocals by performing basic breathing exercises, or simply breathing in and out using your mouth until your lungs are empty.

After spending a minute doing breathing exercises, you can now start singing scales to warm up your voice and “acclimate” your vocal cords to the notes you’ll be practicing in your vocal lessons later on. Performing even just two or three minutes of arpeggios and scales are already enough to prevent any singing injuries.

2. Keep Your Vocal Cords Lubricated

Ever noticed how croaky your voice gets whenever your throat is dry? Your vocal cords move hundred times faster as you sing and when you learn singing in class in Singapore which is why it’s crucial that keep them well-lubricated just like any other moving machine.

So make sure that you drink plenty of water as you sing to keep your vocal cords properly lubricated. Apart from water, a lot of singers in Singapore swear by drinking a mixture of honey and lemon juice to clear their throats prior to their vocal training sessions.

3. Use the Right Posture as You Sing

Professional singers actually don’t sing from their mouth, but from their diaphragm. Unless you’re standing in the correct posture, letting the air freely flow through your throat and vocal cords might seem challenging.

Practise good singing posture by keeping your chest high, shoulders back, chin on parallel angle to the floor, and your upper body held up straight. While in this position, relax your muscles to allow air to flow freely through your vocal cords.

4. Master Proper Breathing Control

Apart from standing up straight to sing from your diaphragm, you should also be able to control your breathing. Having proper breathing control allows you to hold notes longer, while reducing the likelihood of straining your voice.

Master the proper breathing control by breathing through your lungs, and taking in as much air as possible. Imagine that there’s an elastic band tied around your midsection area, and that you’re trying to expand it using your stomach. Breathe air in using your nose and out using your mouth. Keep your body relaxed, and you’ll eventually master the right breathing control to enhance your singing voice and allow you to hold notes longer as you perform on your singing lessons.

5. Practice Singing Using Songs That You Know and Like

Arpeggios, scales, and other vocal practice routines get boring fast. So instead of practicing using the common vocal training exercises, sing along to a song that you like to keep your learning process more entertaining. From operas to pop songs, let your taste in music determine the material you’ll use to warm-up and train your singing voice. Just keep in mind that most pop songs only cover a small register, so try more challenging pieces to help you improve your voice even more.

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6. Perform Scales to Train Your Voice

If singing your favourite songs isn’t much of a challenge anymore, consider increasing your vocal range and unlock your true singing prowess by practicing scales that will push your voice to its limits. Just ensure that you warm-up adequately, since practicing scales can be challenging for your vocal cords at times and could potentially lead to injury.

Set some goals for yourself, and try stepping up a semitone or two each week. Practicing scales regularly will eventually allow you to sing in registers that were previously impossible for you.

7. Record Yourself as You Sing

According to some vocal coaches in Singapore, recording yourself as you sing is one of the best ways to spot the weak points of your singing voice. Record yourself performing simple exercises or your favourite pop songs, preferably in a room with as little reverb as possible. After that, review the recordings of your voice and spot sharp or flat notes, as well as some bad breathing techniques.

Carefully analysing your singing will make it easier for you to determine as to what exercises or techniques you need to practice more during your vocal training sessions.

8. Train in Short Sessions

Singing for long hours may burn out your voice, and leave you feeling croaky for the rest of the day. This is the very reason why touring singers take a time off between their shows; playing every night could potentially strain and injure their vocal cords.

So as you practice singing, ask your vocal coach to limit your vocal lessons to one hour to avoid potential vocal cords straining or injury. If you’re practicing singing techniques like belt singing, consider shortening your training sessions even more.

9. Practice Within Your Limits

Your body knows itself well, so if ever feel any muscular pain or strain after singing, consider taking a break to allow you vocal cords to recover. Remember to stay well-hydrated before, during, and after your singing lessons. Just like your workout routines, singing can be an amazingly demanding activity, so make sure that you give your body enough time to relax and recover in between your training sessions.

10. Sing With a Piano Accompaniment

As you practice arpeggios and scales, have a friend or family member play the piano to make sure that you stay in tune. Mastering pitch is an essential aspect of singing well, because even the best sounding voice will sound bad if it’s singing off tune.

There’s no need to practice with a piano for your whole session though. Just perform your warm-ups with the assistance of a keyboard or piano to help you improve your pitch, and make you a much better singer.

Developing a good singing voice only takes enough patience and effort to practice. So whether you’re attending a prestigious music school, or just practicing on your own, working these tips out will surely help you become the great singer you’ve always wanted to be.

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Making yourself prettier nowadays can be very easy. There are a lot of products you can choose from depending on your preference of prize and skin sensitivity. If you are a newbie, don’t fret. All you just have to do is equip yourself with the right start-up kit that you can use and practice with. Here are the must-haves the Singapore women listed as they started their beauty journey:

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  1. BB Cream. There are many BB Creams offered in the market by well-known brands or even locally made products. For a tip, go for something that you are sure how to use, perfect fit to your skin like those lightweight creams with SPF, etc. These types of products can give you that warm pinkish glow and spreads in your face in the right amount of coverage making you as fresh and young-looking as ever.

 

  1. Liquid Concealer. If you have beauty problems like zits and freckles, it is mandatory that you use liquid concealer to hide them instantly. This beauty product can help you look flawless and can even your skin tone if properly used.

 

  1. Face Palette. For a make-up noob like you, this should be your BFF. If you want to try different types of make-up looks to beautify your face, buy one of these. You can ask someone more experienced to help you out or you can practice by yourself with the help of YouTube and other beauty or fashion websites.

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  1. Gel and Liquid Eyeliner. This is probably one of the products that are the most challenging to apply. If you’re still new at this, try to find those types with angle tips that can help you to draw lines easily as you paint your lid.

 

  1. Mascara. Part of baby steps is to use mascara. You need this in order to get full and thick set of lashes. Usually you have to buy an eyelash curler as mascara’s partner but there are tons of products and brands nowadays that offer both. If you have mastered putting your mascara, you can take one step further by buying false eyelashes and lash extensions for better looks.

 

  1. Lipstick. You can never go wrong with wearing lipstick. Whatever shade you like or fits with your look and mood, lipsticks deliver even without the need to put more make-up on your face. For beginners, the usual colors are red, pink and other light colors. You might want to add some lip balm or lip gloss to give it an extra shine but nonetheless your start-up kit will then be complete once you purchase this one.

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There are workplaces in Singapore and even around the world that are indeed too toxic too handle. A toxic place composed of toxic people to work with will not result into a healthy working relationship. In order to identify if your workplace belongs to this category, check out the list below:

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  1. Major communication problems. Communication is very important in an office. It may be in different modes relayed from bottom to top or vice versa. Either way, communication applied should be effective and constant. Lack of proper communication and connection among employees can create problems and may result into conflict and misinterpretation. If you do not want difficulties to arise in your workplace, make communication open all the time.

 

  1. Inconsistency in following policies. You can’t force some employees to really follow office policies. That’s the problem. A workplace becomes very toxic if all the people working in it do not know how to follow simple rules and regulations. Usually even the tiniest details are neglected, what more on the general and more important policies? If employees are valued enough and are disciplined accordingly, then problems will not be incurred.

 

  1. Narcissistic leaders. There are different types of leaders. Narcissistic leaders are toxic to work with because they would not listen to your suggestions and contributions. They usually believe that they are the only ones who could solve problems, make creative ideas, and so on. As much as possible, it would be healthier for you to not argue with these types of leaders or better yet you and other employees can file an intervention regarding the said superior.

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  1. Seething disgruntlement. One way or another we all experience dissatisfaction with our jobs. Some employees are much more vocal and they often reflect their unhappiness with the level of commitment and work they put in a project or assignment. Unvalued and unhappy employees result into low performance. These people can really be toxic to work with especially if you end up doing their job for them on top of your own responsibilities.

 

  1. Physical and emotional health effects. If your workplace creates that unhealthy and unhappy atmosphere, you might want to evaluate if you’d still want to stay or leave. Don’t put yourself in a situation or don’t strain yourself physically and emotionally by staying in a workplace that you know doesn’t give you the fulfillment and happiness you deserve. If you seldom get sick or if you consistently experience stress and depression, maybe it’s time to find a new job or workplace that could make you feel otherwise.

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You need to do some maintenance on your drainage system to maintain it in good working condition. However, most homeowners forget to pay any attention to their plumbing systems until issues like a clogged drain or a leaky faucet arises. This is when they decide to contact a plumber to fix such issues. But how will you be able to find a skilled, reputable and reliable plumber? Consider looking for the following qualities to make sure that you find a plumber who you can count on.

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1. Expertise

Proper plumbing education and qualification is crucial for any plumber. For someone to become a skilled plumber, he should be appropriately qualified, trained, and educated in his respective field. Therefore, opt for someone who has been qualified as a certified plumber from a reputable plumbing agency in Singapore, as such plumbers are the ones who are guaranteed to practise professionalism, seriousness, and enthusiasm in their work.

2. Experience

Plumbing systems are complex, and should only be dealt with by professionals who know what they are doing. Hiring an inexperienced plumber or plumbing contractor will likely lead to accidents that might force you to replace your plumbing system, which can be time consuming and really expensive. So make sure that you do some research beforehand to find 24 hrs plumbers for you in Singapore who has the right amount of experience in working on similar plumbing issues as yours.

3. Certifications and License

Before hiring a particular plumber, make sure to ask if they have proper certification and license. A licensed plumber is someone who has undergone proper training and processes, so its rest assured that both you and your plumbing system will be in good hands.

4. Service Warranty

When it comes to plumbing services, it pays to check on the warranty that a particular plumber offers. Having repeat visits for the same issue will likely cost you more if a warranty isn’t in place before the initial work started. Consider working closely with your plumber, and ensure that you thoroughly understand the warranty before agreeing to any specifications of the job. In the event that you feel like your plumber isn’t ready to give a service warranty for a certain period of time, consider looking for another plumber.

5. Insurance Coverage

Working as a plumber comes with its own risks: faulty equipment, chemical hazards, electrical shocks, and injuries resulting from materials. This is what makes having an insurance coverage an important quality to consider when looking for a plumber. Hiring a plumbing contractor with the right kind of insurance ensures not just his safety, but your property’s and your own safety as well.

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6. Availability to Address Your Needs

A plumber’s availability is another quality to consider when measuring his reliability. Whenever you have a broken pipe or any problem that needs to be addressed immediately, your prospective plumber should be readily available to fix your problem. Otherwise, your property might suffer more serious damages. So a crucial trait to look for in a good plumber is his availability particularly during emergency situations.

7. Reputation

How long has the plumber or the plumbing contractor been in the industry? Are their plumbing services reliable? Or are they going to leave your plumbing system in disarray? These are some of the questions that you should consider as you look for your prospective plumber. Reputations are easily developed, whether it’s for good or bad. So make sure that you take advantage of the online reviewing sites, and hear a plumber’s work reputation straight from his previous clients. Looking through such reviews is one of the quickest way to get a good assessment of your prospective plumber.

If you have enough time and if it’s near your area in Singapore, consider visiting the plumbing company where your prospective plumber is working to get first-hand information and feedback about the person.

8. Competence

Every homeowner wants a plumber who is highly knowledgeable in the field of plumbing works and repairs. By talking to several plumbers, you’ll get an idea as to who really knows their job, and who seems to just beat around the bush. Ask a few questions, and assess how detailed their answers are. Doing this will help you gauge whether or not your prospective plumber has the proper knowledge and skill for the type of plumbing repair that you need.

9. Reliability and Honesty

A good plumber should be reliable as well – especially if you’re planning to get a 24 hours plumber service. That said, make sure to opt for plumbers who show up promptly, are neatly dressed, and fully-equipped with all the necessary materials.

Along with being reliable, your plumber should also be honest. As a homeowner, you are likely to be unaware of how your plumbing system works, as well as the amount of money and time it takes to fix problems related with it. With that in mind, ensure that you will hire a plumber who won’t take advantage of your lack of plumbing knowledge and overcharge you once the job is completed.

10. Punctuality

Punctuality is another important quality that any good plumber should possess. A plumber’s skill and experience won’t matter if he always shows up late for work. After all, nothing turns off a client more than wondering as to whether or not the plumber will show up. So test the punctuality of your prospective plumber by scheduling a meeting, and seeing if he arrives on time or not.

Finding a reliable plumber to address your plumbing needs can be very challenging at times. So make sure that you keep these qualities in mind to make your next plumber search less stressful and more worthwhile.

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You are a foodie and you are searching for that unique gastronomic delight. This is your lucky day because Dinner in the Sky Malaysia is fully operational. This unique experience will surely take you 45 TO 50 metres off the ground. Many Singaporeans tried and were extremely satisfied of this experience. The feel is there from the food, sight and fireworks.

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The Dinner in the Sky Malaysia is a first in Southeast Asia and what is the best thing? It is near Singapore so you can just go there anytime you like (but do not forget to book first). If you are not familiar with this experience, here are some things that you need to know about it:

Safety

Even if you are a foodie, knowing that you will dine in the sky sounds frightening that is why the first thing that comes to your mind is the safety. The table can go as high as 50 metres off the ground however the actual height of the table will depend on the discretion of the organizers since there are different factors to be considered like wind conditions.

For your safety, the design is agreeable to German norm (DIN 4112). The table is created in Belgium. The simulations and calculations on the other hand are TUV tested and passed. The strict safety standards is the reason why Dinner in the Sky is present in more than forty countries in the world since its launch in 2006. Dinner in the Sky Malaysia follows strict guidelines provided by Malaysia’s Department of Occupational Safety & Health Malaysia.

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A dinner experience will not be complete without the four-meal course. The dinner will take about one hour. There are only two schedules given every day – 7PM and 8:30PM. Before purchasing tickets online, make sure to decide what time since it is non-transferrable and non-refundable. There is a standard menu offering different selections for the main course but you are not allowed to change or demand anything not in the menu.

The official caterer is Double Tree by Hilton. Rest assured that the foods are carefully selected. The foods being served are all Halal and certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia. No foods bought from the outside are allowed in the dining.

Guests

The table can hold at least 22 people in every session. Only guests who are above 18, not more than 150 kilograms and at least 145 centimetres are allowed. Guests with conditions like high blood pressure, pregnant, neck and back problems, broken bones and the like are not allowed.

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When you finally decided to travel alone, everyone is just looking at you and thinks that you are out of your mind and travelling alone is madness. Let them think whatever they want but no matter what happens, you have to pursue with your plans. For others, travelling alone may be madness but for you, it is self-discovery.

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Indeed it is hard to travel alone and you do not know what will happen but you can only hope that you will go home a different person with renewed perspective. If you travel alone, you have to ensure your safety. No one can do that for you except yourself. You only need to rely on yourself. Here are some safety tips when travelling outside Singapore alone:

  • Make friends. Just remember that there is safety in numbers. If you have to go to a place, it is always good to make friends but you need to be careful since not all tourists have good intentions. You also need to make friends with yourself. If you do this, you will not feel alone. You are your own best friend and you won’t feel lonely in a foreign land.

 

  • Be open to experiences. Doing new things might scare you but the point in travelling alone is to eliminate those negative feelings and be happy with everything around you. If you see someone smiling at you, smile back. Eat local foods and spend time doing local activities.

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  • Choose hostels. You will meet a lot of people when you stay at hostels. Yes, hotels are safe but where is the fun in meeting new people? Forget about staying in fancy hotels and just book a hostel. Chances are you will find someone who has the same likes among hostel guests. That brings more vibrant to your trip. If you are kind of constrained, you can always choose couchsurfing. Couchsurfing can give you opportunities to stay with locals and meet other travellers.

 

  • Smile a lot. Now the most important thing that you can bring with you is your smile. Smile can make a great difference at the end of the day so it is important that you smile. Remember to smile and the whole world will smile back at you.

 

  • Make friends with locals. Your smile can give you many friends, even local ones. If you want to get first hand recommendation from a local, you have to make friends with them. It won’t hurt you to strike a conversation first and who knows, you will have fun.

Travelling alone can be scary but with the things mentioned above, you will have a safe trip.

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How long has that resignation letter been sitting in your drawer? Have you ever imagined doing a different job or having a more interesting career? All of us want to be in a job that’s fulfilling, but very few dare to take the leap. If you’re seeking for a little push to finally tender your resignation, here are four reasons to fire you up.

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  1. Your Efforts Are No Longer Working Out

You will know it’s time to quit when you have put so much effort on your duties, but still see no improvement. Once you have decided to quit, remember that you are in charge of how to deliver that message to your employer and to the people who deserve to know about it. Family and friends may respond with concerns, but it is your job to come up with plans for your next step.

  1. You Don’t See a Good Future With It

Every job should lead to something: a promotion, an opportunity to learn new things, take on additional responsibilities or tackle new challenges. The future should show some potential to be different from today. Your boss should be able to help you and your co-workers to improve your future, even if—and especially if—that means you will eventually move to a bigger and better opportunity.

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  1. It Improves Your Quality of Life

Staying at a job that you no longer find fulfilling can leave you emotionally drained, but walking away from the unhappiness and stress can significantly improve your well-being. According to science, stress and tensions can exacerbate or trigger heart attacks and increase the risk of other diseases. While it’s common to experience financial stress after quitting a job, finding one that you know you love will eventually provide long-term positive effects.

  1. You Feel Like You Don’t Have Purpose

Everyone wants to feel like a part of something significant. Every person likes to feel that they have impact not just on the productivity, but also in other people’s lives. Life is too short to spend on nothing important. It’s a tormenting to go home every single day feeling overworked, but have not accomplished anything meaningful.

Money won’t buy everything—but if you have to work for it, don’t you want your work to pay off more than just the monetary equivalent it provides? Do not let other people determine your future. Go out and find your worth. You will be surprised how financially stable you will become when you find a job that you truly love.

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Now that you’re in your mid-20s, you have probably pondered about certain things in your life. Twenty five might be still young but you are slowly transitioning to full-gown mature adult. So, how should you adjust your life according to your maturity? Start with this guideline that outlines the things you should quit doing by now.

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  1. Dating Unsuitable People

It’s naturally hard to find someone to be life-long partner, but by the time you reach 25, you should already have a good idea of what you need in a partner. This is no longer the time to experiment on people who are obviously not right for you. Keep a healthy balance between being realistic and being willing to give people a chance to be part of your life.

  1. Being Carefree of Your Finances

Unless you don’t have a single financial responsibility, you have to learn to live within your means. Know that you have bills to pay and everyday expenses to consider. It’s also time to get responsible and start your own savings account, together with a retirement plan if you have not got one yet.

  1. Wasting Time on the Internet

This one can be challenging. Nowadays, people seem to be too dependent to the internet. We use it to communicate with friends, find information, as well as just browse through social media and unconsciously waste plenty of precious time. Learn to set your limits. If you can, try going internet-free in a day every week.

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  1. Being Too Nice

It’s human nature to want people to like us. However, being overly concerned of how to please everyone may push you to do things that could be contrary to what you believe is right for you. By this age, you should know what you are capable of and where your limits end. Learning to say ‘no’ is an important step to becoming mature.

  1. Taking Your Fitness and Health For Granted

Many of us subject our bodies to too much alcohol, excessive junk food and late night parties in college without feeling the negative effects. Unfortunately, as you age, your body’s tolerance to these tasks gradually decreases. Now is the time to eat healthily, start hitting the gym and limit those wild night parties.

Twenty five may be still young, but you are at the age where you should be responsible of yourself. It’s no longer reasonable to be reckless and immature; time to do something to change your life for the better.

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Vitamin B12 deficiency is a silent destroyer. If you ignore it and think that it is just a petty thing, it will affect your productivity and your relationships. Having this deficiency means not enough red blood cells that carry oxygen through the body. It can lead to anaemia. If you are anaemic, you will feel tired, weak and lethargic at all times no matter the hours of rest you took.

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You should know that the body cannot produce enough vitamin B12 alone for all bodily function so you need outside sources. With this, it is important that you eat the right kind of food and of course with the recommendation of your physicians. Here are the foods that you should consider:

  • Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of vitamin B12 especially the raw yellow portion. If you have duck or goose eggs, you can consume it.

 

  • Cheese: You have to be reminded that not all types of cheese are rich in vitamin B12. You should particularly look for Feta, Parmesan, Swiss and Mozzarella cheeses. These cheeses have high amounts of vitamin B12 do not worry.

 

  • Lamb: Meat from the lamb can be an excellent source of vitamin B12. In fact, lamb meat alone can give you 60% of recommended daily usage. That contribution is big.

 

  • Beef: Speaking of meat, you can always lean on beef for higher vitamin B12 contents. You should particularly choose ribs, rib-eye and sirloin.

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  • Shellfish: If you are a shellfish fan, it is time to think of it as healthy supplement to fill your vitamin B12 deficiency. Whether you choose a mussel or clam, it doesn’t matter because all contain loads of vitamin B12.

 

  • Caviar: Caviars are kind of expensive and you only see that in some functions and formal dinners as a garnish to larger dishes. Caviars are eggs of fishes and it can be a good source of vitamin B12.

 

  • Milk: Milk is not just for the strong bones but it can be an excellent addition to your vitamin B deficiency – it can serve as killing two birds with one stone. You should drink milk every day.

You can consider the foods mentioned above or dietary supplements to ensure that the body has enough B12 for normal functions. If this is not enough, there are injectable that you can consider as long as you consult your doctors first. As much as possible you have to eat huge amount so you can meat the recommended daily allowance.

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Most Singaporeans already know that cancer and heart disease are silent killers so they go through blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring as well as mammograms for early detection. Few only realize that chronic kidney disease is a common life-threatening illness. Chronic kidney disease is often undetected until its advanced stage but it could be diagnosed early through submitting to simple tests.

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According to the recent studies, more and more people are at risk of chronic kidney disease. If left untreated, chronic kidney disease can result to serious health complications. The good news though is that it if it is arrested early, it can be managed – the damage can either be stopped or slowed.

For those who are not suffering from it yet, it is important that you know the six steps for protecting your healthy kidneys. Here are the steps:

  1. Know the facts about chronic kidney disease. You should first understand what your kidneys can do so you can appreciate it. Kidneys can regulate your fluid levels. It can serve as a filter for toxins from your blood and releases hormones that can regulate your blood pressure. If your kidney is not healthy, it can lead to cardiovascular disease, weak bones, kidney failure, anaemia, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and worse, death.

 

  1. Assess the risks. People with diabetes or who are obese have higher risk of developing it. If you are already diabetic or obese, you have to submit for some tests. Other risk factors include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and family history. Other risks factors include prolonged use of painkillers and other NSAIDs, low birth weight, 60 years or older, lupus, kidney stones, chronic urinary tract infections and many more.

 

  1. Recognize symptoms of chronic kidney disease. Early chronic kidney disease have no indications but it can be diagnosed. Many people ignore it because there are no symptoms. That is the greatest mistake you will make. You have to know before it hits but you can start with the following signs: weakness or fatigue, dark urine, foamy urine, painful urination, puffy eyes, swollen parts of the body and increased thirst.

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  1. Get tested for chronic kidney disease. Even if you do not notice the symptoms, if you know that you belong to a high-risk group, you should get tested early. Consult your doctor. They will usually require one or all of the four simple tests. Tests include blood pressure, protein in urine, creatinine in blood and glomerular filtration rate.

 

  1. Stay healthy. You should not be reminded always to stay healthy. Avoid foods that lead to its damage, exercise regularly, quit smoking, always submit to annual physical tests, drink in moderation and stay hydrated.

 

  1. Learn more about chronic kidney disease. If you have questions in your mind, do not hesitate to ask and learn more.

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