Is there a right way to instill love, kindness and compassion for humans and other living creatures in a child?

Be an example. Children do what their parents do because you’re their role model. If they see you treat all the people around you kindly, they will also nurture a loving relationship with their peers as they grow up. If they see how you care for your pets, they will also be kind to animals. Show your child how good it feels to help out neighbors, for example, and how you can gain more friends by genuinely caring for everyone.

Say the right words. Show your child that there’s nothing to be ashamed of when expressing how much you love and care for another person. Don’t be afraid to say “I love you” before bedtime, or say “thank you” to people who make our lives easier. Practice saying “thank you” to the waiter or waitress when he/she serves the food, for example. Show your kid that it’s good to express your gratitude even when the person is being paid to do their jobs.

Use kind words. Whenever you talk to other people, always use polite and kind words even if you disagree. Hurtful words can ruin good relationships, and you wouldn’t want your child to grow up being shunned by his/her peers because they think he/she is an unpleasant company. Even when you’re talking to your child, he/she should be the receiving end of your compassion and understanding because it will make a bigger impact than anything else.

Help them raise a pet. If your family has the means to care for a pet, it’s also a good method to teach your child how to care for another living creature. The experience will teach the child a lot of things he/she won’t learn at school or when dealing with other people. Raising pets will teach the child unconditional love, responsibility, compassion and empathy for all things.

Point out rudeness. Being compassionate and understanding towards your child also has boundaries. Some children need to be told that they need to correct rude behavior. Teach your child that he/she has to respect everyone including family members and parents, and that there is no excuse to be rude just because the person loves him/her. Unacceptable behavior such as hitting another person, shouting, and name-calling should never be tolerated, no matter the circumstances.

Make it a habit. Good manners, willingness to help, and the use of kind and helpful words should be practiced by everyone in the family, not just you and the child. When it becomes a normal part of the child’s life, he/she will take the experience into adulthood. When a child exhibits kindness even when no one told him/her to, praise the actions to let him/her know that you value the thought.

Opportunistic infections are illnesses caused by pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi that take advantage of a person’s weakened immune system. The inability to fight off invaders gives these infections an opportunity to enter the body, an opening rarely possible if only the person has a healthy body.

Causes of Weak Immune System
A weak immune system is caused by several factors and conditions such as pregnancy, ageing, ongoing medical procedures, and ongoing antibiotic treatment. Normally, opportunistic infections will not affect a healthy person, but if you have any of the following illnesses, you are at risk: recurring infections, HIV/AIDS, skin damage, leukopenia, and malnutrition. For people with HIV/AIDS, the most common opportunistic infections are the following: candidiasis, cervical cancer, herpes simplex virus, lymphoma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, Salmonella septicemia, wasting syndrome, and many more.

Testing for Opportunistic Infections
There are ways to be tested if you think you are infected with opportunistic infections or OI through blood tests. Patients with HIV/AIDS, for example, are at risk of getting infected and must be tested regularly. One type of blood test is to look for the antigens and/or antibodies. The antigens are traces of the germs that caused the opportunistic infection, while the antibodies are the proteins produced by the human body to fight off the infection. For people with HIV/AIDS, the CD4 cell count should be monitored, because it will determine how weak the immune system has become. The CD4 cells or T-cells are white blood cells that are responsible for suppressing and killing the cells infected by the virus.

HIV/AIDS and CD4 Cells
If the person has a very low CD4 cell count, it means that he/she is more likely to get sick or infected and will have a difficult time recovering. The human immunodeficiency virus often infects the CD4 cells and become part of the normal cells. As they destroy the person’s healthy cells, the HIV also multiplies, making it harder for the remaining white blood cells to fight off the infection. A CD4 test is taken by using a blood sample from the patient and then determining the count of several types of cells still present. Although the CD4 count is not exact, the laboratory technician can give a good proportion of CD4 cells by calculating the total white blood cells in the sample. A normal CD4 count should be between 500 and 1,600. A CD4 cell count below 200 will indicate that the person’s immune system has been severely damaged and is diagnosed with autoimmune deficiency syndrome or AIDS, the final stage of HIV.

Prevention of Opportunistic Infections
If you have HIV/AIDS, you should avoid getting infections through treatments such as antiretroviral therapy, taking prescribed medication (prophylaxis), getting vaccinations, practicing healthy eating habits, limiting your exposure to germs, drinking clean water only, and monitoring your CD4 cell count every 6 to 12 months.

If we’re talking about the hottest items in the make-up industry, BB and CC creams are guaranteed to be included on that list. The two ‘miracle’ products have sparked a buzz in the Asian beauty market, which soon spanned to a worldwide scale. It is not a surprise how they are revered to as an all-in-one product, as they are famous for offering myriad benefits to the skin which can only be achieved through applying various products.

However, a number of people still remain clueless and confused as to how these two products differ from each other. While both the BB cream and CC cream function similarly when applied on the face, there are actually differences in terms of their texture, coverage, and benefits.

• Meaning: BB cream stands for Beauty/Blemish Balm cream, while CC cream stands for Complex/Color Correcting cream.

• Texture: The BB cream has a thick and heavy texture, but the CC cream has an airy and light texture. The former has a thicker pigmentation, while the latter is perfect for acne-prone skin types which only require light touch-up.

• Coverage: BB cream has a light and medium coverage. This makes it perfect to use as a make-up base. CC cream, however, has a notably full and medium coverage considering its color-correcting benefits on the skin. It is also used to conceal light scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone for hours.

• Benefits: The BB cream acts as a primer and moisturizer. It brightens your face and smoothens out your skin. Meanwhile, the CC cream primarily conceals imperfections and corrects the uneven color of your skin.

Which is best for you?
If you are blessed with a clear skin, using a BB cream is ideal for everyday wear. It can be a good pick-me-up product as it provides a natural-looking finish.

CC cream is best suited for sensitive skin. This includes acne-prone, oily, and problematic skin types. It is also perfect for skin which suffers frequent discoloration such as redness.

If you’re looking for a practical buy, a BB cream not only saves your time but it also saves your money. It is considered a jack-of-all-trades in a single product with all the benefits of a serum, primer, foundation, and moisturizer.

Achieving that youthful glow doesn’t have to be difficult. With added skin care benefits, CC cream is your ticket to regaining the natural vigor of your skin.

The SPF in CC cream is also relatively higher, thus it protects the skin better especially if you’re planning to spend long hours basked under the summer sun.

Commercial branded products often vary in terms of their properties, so it’s still best to conduct your own research. Take into account your personal skin condition in order to buy the product which is the best fit for your skin.

One dash of lipstick can already complete your look for the day. For instance, most beauty junkies only feel their look is complete after a coat of lipstick since it adds glamour onto the face. This classic beauty product comes in a wide range of colors, from deep velvet to shocking pink. They also come in variants such as your traditional, matte, semi-gloss, or liquid lipstick.

But while we rely on lipsticks for our cosmetic needs, most of them do not last long as much as we need them to. When we choose to eat something with light grease or have a drink, some pigment fade away from your lips. The traditional lipstick is not meant to last the whole day in general. The good news is: there are a few easy and efficient tips into making your lipstick last long.

1. Exfoliate your lips
When your lips are hydrated and soft, the pigment on lipsticks is likely to stay more evenly onto its surface. Thus when you apply lipstick on properly exfoliated lips, not only does it look better but it also feels better.
You can opt to make your lip scrub at home by combining honey, lemon, and sugar. Apply the scrub onto your lips thoroughly yet gently, effectively exfoliating dead skin cells through the use of a soft-bristled tooth brush.

2. Moisturize
Aside from exfoliating, you might as well moisturize your lips in order to prevent it from drying. Matte lipsticks, for one, are notorious for leaving your lips dry after a long day’s coverage. Chemicals in lipstick have poor adherence on dry lips, thus you are better off moisturizing them regularly. Apply your favorite lip balm or petroleum jelly such as Vaseline before you apply a coat of lipstick.

3. Apply foundation
While foundation is a staple make-up base on the face, a little trick is that it prolongs the coverage of lipstick when applied on the lips. Take a small amount of foundation or dab an amount of concealer on your lips before you apply your lipstick. The product will make your lipstick stick much better, hence it is likely to last longer than usual.

4. Use a lip liner
Every beauty guru knows applying lip liner as base coat will help prevent your lipstick from sliding off. Not only that, it also boosts the color of your lips. Gently fill the entire surface with liner, from the center of your lips before you work your way outwards. Apply a lipstick of the same shade afterwards!

5. Practice layering
Sometimes, one coat of lipstick just isn’t enough. Layering it up twice will make your lipstick last longer. A second layer of lipstick is guaranteed to withstand activities such as eating or drinking, especially if its pigmentation is designed for long coverage.

Maybe it’s not too late to save up for these awesome once in a lifetime concerts! Having international artists go all the way to Singapore is a great way for you to see them and experience their concerts without having to leave the country and follow them around the world! 2018 has a lot to offer the people of Singapore as it brings artists we love and we would definitely want to see live!

Sometimes listening to their music or watching their videos isn’t enough, to fully experience an artist or artists, you must definitely see them perform live! Back in the day, you would have to travel all the way to where the artist was for you to be able to perform but nowadays, all you have to do is save up, buy a ticket, and wait!

Now, here’s a list of the upcoming concerts:

1. Clean Bandit
When you see them perform, there’s no place you’d rather be! Clean bandit is finally going to Singapore! They are going to be playing at the Hall 601-604, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on Jan 22, 2018, 7pm! The tickets cost about $108 dollars. Hurry! Before the slots are gone.

2. Incubus
Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there! Now Incubus is definitely a band you should watch out for! Playing at the Zepp@Bigbox Singapore on Feb 9, 7:30pm for the ticket price of $108, you’ll definitely get one massive show!

3. The Script
As the famous song Breakeven goes, what am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you? Well, get your hearts ready to sing out with all emotion the songs of this amazing band as they play on the 12th of April 2018, 8pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the ticket price of $98. Now, it’s time to save up!

4. Fall Out Boy
You will remember me for centuries! One of the biggest rock bands of today is going to Singapore! Not only is this a once in a lifetime experience, this may be once in a whole century for a band this massive to go to Singapore! They will be playing at the Zepp@Bigbox Singapore on the 30th of April 2018, 8pm with tickets at the price of $148! Save up for this once in a century experience!

5. Bruno Mars
Now, that’s what I like! Yes sir! The biggest pop icon today is flying all the way to Singapore to give us the coolest show we’ve ever experienced! Be part of the Bruno Mars 24K magic World Tour 2018! Bruno Mars is going to be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the 6th and 7th of May 2018 starting at 7pm and 8pm respectively! Tickets are at $168 but hey, this is a once in a lifetime experience to see the legendary Bruno Mars in person!

As we all know, hawker centers are part of our culture. Every time you walk into a hawker center, you are greeted with the amazing aroma of the different dishes that have been around for the longest time ever. These dishes have cemented Singapore’s taste in the culinary world.

Proprietors are Getting Old
The problem with hawker centers is that the people behind the pot are usually getting older and sadly, the next generation has not yet found the interested to put up and run new hawker stalls. For the younger generation, it just doesn’t seem all that appealing. This has been a struggle for quite a while now and Singapore itself is trying to find ways to make sure that the hawker industry stays alive. One idea was to set up certain “schools” where people could learn how to cook and master the different hawker meals we all know and love.

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Although “training” young people to be lead the new hawker centers is a great idea, it hasn’t found a big following yet.. Luckily for us, there are people like 25-year-old Derwin Chan who has just set up his own hawker stand called Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice located at Thompson Road (open from 11AM to 9:30PM). There are only a few young people who have put their heart and soul into the hawker business just like Derwin. The thing about hawkers is the struggle for authenticity despite the innovations that make everything easier.

Old Dishes, New Ways of Cooking
Derwin has an unorthodox method of cooking his chicken, he uses a metal pipe that is inserted from the bottom of the chicken and can be hooked from the top of the chicken. Now this is something truly amazing because not only does it make it easier for the chicken to cook, the heat from the metal pipe allows it to be evenly cooked on the inside! Derwin also experiments with the rice itself as he tries to add no MSG which although makes the rice less fragrant, it makes the rice healthier!

Keeping Hawker Centers Alive
Derwin is just one of the young hawker entrepreneurs we would look out for as there are still dozens of other things we can learn from our young ones. The future of the hawker industry relies entirely on people like Derwin and if there aren’t any more passionate young people like Derwin, the hawker industry could die out in a couple of decades. Let’s hope for more youth to be interested in starting their own hawker center. Not only will this be a great way to provide them with financial stability, it is also a great way to preserve Singapore’s culture.

As much as possible, you have to stick with natural remedies when it comes to any discomfort. Severe reliance to commercial drugs can have lasting negative effects on your health at the end of the day. It is always better to choose the natural way of healing or treating illnesses. Are you familiar with home remedies? You will be surprised of the power of your cupboards.

With this, you have to learn few home remedies to help you treat or ease discomfort specifically affecting the ears. If the earwax is accumulated, it can lead to pain, hearing loss and dizziness. It is a common practice here in Singapore to use cotton swabs every day to remove ear wax. You simply want to look clean but you have to know that it can damage the ears.

Cleaning the ears should be done using rubbing alcohol and vinegar solution. Here are some guidelines:

1. Look for the items to be used: The basic thing that you have to do is to look for the items to be used. In this solution you will use rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, bowl, cotton balls, cotton swabs and cloth.

2. Combine: After securing the items, you are now ready to mix the solution. Combine equal parts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Mix it in a bowl. Make sure not to pour many.

3. Lean: Lean on one side of your head. This is in preparation for the mixture to be dropped inside the ear. Use cotton balls to dip and pour three or four drops into the ears. Do not overdo it because it will flood the ear.

4. Leave it: As much as possible, avoid moving and wait for at least five minutes before draining it. When draining it, put a clean cloth on the other side and lean.

5. Remove: The ear wax should come any second and that is the time when you use cotton swabs or ear buds. Remember not to do this every day as it can cause irritation to your eyes and possibly damage. You can do this every other day if it makes you comfortable but never every day.

If you do not have these things, you can also try saline solution. This is just salt water with the same procedure as you would when cleaning ears with rubbing alcohol and vinegar solution. It is important to steer away from cotton swabs, hair pins, car keys and other harmful objects which can affect the ears.

Everything has a purpose and you will be amazed how hugging can help you and the people around you. In this case, hugging is not at all useless and nonsense. Not all Singaporeans love hugging. To them, hugging is more like invading personal space but to those who appreciate it, life is not the same without it.

You have to know that hugging can benefit your overall well-being. Hugging often can indeed change your life and to those you touch. It is time that you know the amazing physiological benefits of hugging:

• Increase bonding: There is no doubt that hugging can increase bonding. When you hug, there is a hormone that is released from the brain called oxytocin. The release of such hormones can in fact increase the feelings of intimacy and commitment.

• Relax the body: Notice that when you hug someone, it appeases you and thereby relaxing the body. It is more like letting someone help you carry whatever weight you are enduring.

• Ease pain: When hugging, endorphins will be released. This hormone can help with the relieving or easing of the pain. It can actually block the pain pathways thereby soothing the aches and increasing the soft tissue circulation.

• Relieve depression: Your brain can also increase its production of dopamine through hugging. Hugging is seen to set depression low as well as other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson. So, if you see someone down, it won’t hurt to give a little something of yourself through hugging.

• Improve heart health: There is a study commissioned by University of North Carolina. The study found out that partners who get regular hugs have decreased heart rate. You have to know that a decreased heart rate can also decrease blood pressure as well as other cardiac illnesses.

• Boost the immune system: Hugging can actually help improve or boost the immune system. There is a study conducted by Dr. Shelden Cohen. The study proved that people who have constant hug and support did not exhibit symptoms of an infection despite their exposure.

Surely a simple thing as hugging can go a long way. The lesson here is that hug as often as you can because it feels good and it can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing. To those who are not used to it, give yourself time and then try it. You will be surprised of how it actually feels.

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.

Consequences

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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