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.

Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice
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.