There are different internet service providers here in Singapore that sometimes you get confused of what to consider. The good news is that there are different factors that you can consider when shopping around for the right internet service provider. It is a good idea to call every service providers and ask for details but sometimes, you have to do your work first.

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You should gather information first. Here are some factors that you should consider when shopping around for internet service providers:

  • Speed: The first thing that you have to ask is their speed. Internet service providers will offer different speeds. If you are only thinking about home web surfing, speed should not be an issue to you. However if you think about YouTube uploading and streaming, you should put heavy emphasis on speed. For example, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or fiber-optics is a good choice but the speed tends to vary depending on your area and the time of day. If you are far from their offices, there is a tendency that the speed is slow.
  • Additional cost: Other service providers tend to conceal other costs like renting a router or modem. Others providers can give it for your free. Upon signing up, make sure that a router or modem will not give you additional costs.

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  • Data caps: Service providers will usually impose a monthly “cap”. This is how much data you can actually use and download. There are other companies that do not offer monthly cap. This is good for people who are frequent YouTube and Netflix user.
  • Bundling: Bundling can help you save money more. If you have an existing phone or cable service, bundling should be considered. Ask for bundling prices first before indulging.
  • Add-ons: Service providers will also offer add-ons like firewalls and software. Don’t just pay it without thinking. It is a good idea to have spyware and antivirus protection but you can get it from outside which is cheaper.
  • Other deals: Over the phone, you will be enticed of introductory deals. It is good but you have to know how much you will adjust after some time. Compare the “regular” prices and determine if you can save.

Now that you know what factors to consider, it is time that you make your choice before it is too late. Do not delay internet connection especially if you feel it can help your kids with their studies.

Choose wisely! When things get rough, anyway you can just call the company’s customer service.

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Internet has myriad of benefits but we cannot deny the fact that the internet is increasingly moving us away from traditional conducts of staying in touch. As a result, friendship in the digital age has totally transformed. There is a study conducted by Oxford University and BT Mobile that revealed a clear picture of English people in terms of digital exposure.

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The study included 2,000 adults and it revealed that a person in United Kingdom devotes 4 hours and 12 minutes every day socializing online. These people have at least 178 circle of social media friends, send about 31 text messages, post 13 Facebook comments, tweet 6 times and email 11 times. Furthermore, the average person sends first message (of the day) at 9:04 AM and last at 9:29 PM.

Although there are no studies about how Singaporeans conduct their activities on social media, this can give us a clear picture. With this, the researchers came up with rules of digital etiquettes. These etiquettes should be lived by in this digital age. Here are some digital etiquettes that you should know about:

Do not private message someone you do not know

Unless you do not want to be ridiculed by someone, do not private message him/her especially if you do not know him/her. If you have something important to say, at least introduce yourself.

Never hide viewing history from thy partner

To avoid trust issues, do not hide your viewing history from your partner. If you do not have anything to hide, why conceal it in the first place?

Do not overshare on Facebook

There is nothing wrong if you share few good books, movies and some pictures but you have to be careful so as not to overshare it. For example, do not divulge your address and say that you are alone. It can be the opportunity of other people to do something bad.

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Never look through your partner’s phone

In a relationship, trust is the very foundation. If you do not trust your partner that much, you try to sneak through their phone and eventually their social media accounts. That is not good. Let your partner have his/her privacy.

Do not post to social media when you are emotional

When you are emotional, you tend to say lots of things – some you do not mean. Once you click or post something, it will be out in the public and it is not easy to retract. When you are emotional, deal with it privately and do not let the whole world know. If you cannot handle everything on your own, at least divulge it to your closest friends.

Do not send text messages when angry

When you are angry, you want to vent out but social media is not the right platform to do that. If you are angry, be angry to one person and not the whole crowd.

Humans, by nature, are social beings. Our enjoyments are linked to other people and it is not a surprise that we invest much effort and time into keeping in touch with acquaintances and friends. There is nothing wrong with the digital age but we have to learn few etiquettes so as not to hurt many people.

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That is true and we should include cereals in our meal. A bowl of cereal can actually help us to jump start our day. Cereals are famous for its variety and nutrition – it is indeed a humble breakfast staple. Cereals proved to be appealing and convenient but millennials find corn flakes boring and soggy.    

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Many Singaporeans consider cereals but there is a recent study published in New York Times that says cereals have declined in terms of sales. Sales of cereals in 2000 were about $13.9 billion but in the last year, it declined to $10 billion. According to reports, the main culprit for this sudden change is millennials.

According to Mintel, a market research firm, millennials see cereals as an inconvenient breakfast choice because it involves washing the dishes after. Millennials instead consider smoothies, yogurts and sandwiches. They do not eat it at home but take it outside. This gives us a good picture of the shift of breakfast choice. However it is not too late to let our children appreciate cereals. Cereals have many health benefits.

Here are the top health benefits of cereals:

  • Prevents constipation: If your child suffers from constipation, it is time that you prepare cereals. You have to know that cereals are rich source of fibre. Fibre facilitates stool and their passing in the digestive system. It makes the stool bulkier. The bulkier the stools, the more regular are the intervals. Preventing constipation is a good move in preventing haemorrhoids.
  • Aids digestion: Cereals are wholegrain. Wholegrain is a perfect source of fibre. Aside from preventing constipation, it seeks to aid digestion. Cereals provide good bacteria that contain probiotics which is basically god for the digestive tract.
  • Maintains healthy weight: Now you know that cereals are wholegrain. Wholegrain can in fact help maintain healthy weight. Cereals take longer to chew thereby sending signals to the brain that we are full.

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  • Provides good source of calorie: Cereals are good source of calories. As you know, calories are capable of boosting energy. In other words, calories help us move, breathe, think and perform all sorts of mental and physical activities.
  • Offers vitamins and minerals: Cereals (unprocessed) contain tons of vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, phosphorus and many more. Once consumed, these vitamins and minerals are then absorbed, released to our bloodstream and go where the body needs it particularly. For example, magnesium goes to the muscles to help it make stronger.
  • Satiates hunger: Not all people know this but cereals can satiate hunger. This means that the calorie and the fibre can keep us full longer than any other food. It does not end there because cereals can make us calmer.

Aside from the inconvenience of cereals, millennials think that cereals are boring. Cereals can be fun and healthy at the same time. To make it more appealing, you only need to add dried or fresh fruits for more minerals and vitamins. You can also top it with seeds and buts for more fibre or eat it with plain yogurt.

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Aloe Vera, which is also popularly known as the plant of immortality, contains 75 naturally active substances like amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Apart from those active substances, aloe Vera is also rich in saponins – a natural cleanser that helps in getting rid of skin problems, making it an excellent skincare product. So before you start thinking twice about adding in aloe Vera gel in your beauty regimen, here are some of the proven benefits of adding the plant on your skincare regimen.

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1. Protects From the Sun’s Harmful Rays. One of the known skincare benefits of aloe Vera is sun protection. The gel forms a layer on the skin that serves as a protective layer and helps in refilling its moisture. Choline, a moisturizing compound found in aloe plants, works by healing sun burns faster, while the Choline salicylate reduces the inflammation, redness and swelling of the burn.

2. Destroys Acne-Causing Bacteria. Unlike in other plants, aloe Vera contains Gibberellins (plant hormone) and Polysaccharides (plant chemical compound) that protects the skin from the acne-causing bacteria. A research conducted among 60 Singapore men and women with mild acne showed a drastic acne reduction when aloe vera by forever living products from Singapore, mixed with retinoid cream, was used. As per the researchers, it may be due to the fact that aloe Vera can penetrate deeper into the skin to wipe out the bacteria trapped in the clogged skin pores.

3. Moisturizes the Skin. Another good thing about aloe Vera Singapore is that it moisturizes the skin without making it look oily. For men, the gel can be used and applied as an after-shave product as aloe Vera includes natural healing properties that heals almost any small cut.

4. Removes Scars. While it may not look like it, aloe Vera gel actually helps in removing scars including acne marks. A research shows that the plant aids in maintaining collagen production during the injury recovery process, thus keeping scars from forming. Other than that, aloe gel can also be used as a defensive coat over the scar to speed up its healing process.

5. Lessens Stretch Marks and Wrinkles. As you get old, getting wrinkles becomes normal and yet, everyone starts feeling anxious about their look when a wrinkle line appears. Luckily, you can already use aloe gel to lessen those unwanted marks and lines. Aloe Vera contains a good amount of antioxidants including beta carotene, and vitamins C and E that aids in improving the skin’s natural elasticity while keeping it hydrated. Other than that, the antioxidant properties of aloe Vera Singapore also helps in healing and reducing stretch marks.

6. Reduces Itchiness and Skin Inflammation. Apart from healing stretch marks and preventing appearance of wrinkles, aloe Vera can also be used to reduce itchiness and skin inflammation. Aloe Vera gel contains a soothing essence known as choline that aids in lessening itchiness and skin inflammation. In fact, even Ayurveda uses aloe Vera compounds to cure skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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7. Aids in Treating Skin Pigmentation. Brown spots can be a real cause of stress for some of us, but with aloe Vera, this doesn’t have to be the case. Our skin colour often depends on the pigments called melanin that are created by melanocytes. The pigment often appears in the form of brown patches in areas like the forehead, nose, cheeks, upper lip and the chin – and since aloe Vera Singapore contains substances like polysaccharides and mucilaginous, it can help in lightening the pesky brown spots.

8. Minimizes Excessive Oil Production of Skin. Excessive oil production combined with dirt and dust is what often causes skin problems like acne, inflammation, pimples, and black- and whiteheads. Luckily, all this can be prevented or treated with the help of the aloe gel. The plant contains choline salicylate, which aids in minimizing the skin’s excessive oil secretion, thus maintaining the oil level on the skin.

9. Treats Blemishes. Blemishes are the dark spots or skin discoloration caused by acne, aging, hormonal imbalance or excessive sun exposure. Fortunately, aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat or keep your skin from getting any blemishes.

DIY Aloe Vera Gel Uses

• For Glowing Skin. To get the glowing skin that you’ve always wanted, simply mix your aloe Vera gel with a teaspoon of milk and a little amount of turmeric powder. Once you’re done mixing, apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After that, rinse the pack with clean water, pat your face dry with a soft towel and you now have a glowing skin.

• For Treating Blemishes. A good way to use aloe Vera gel to treat blemishes is to mix it with rose water and use the mixture as a facial pack for 20 minutes then wash it off. Use this method twice a week to completely treat blemishes and get the results that you want.

• For Getting Rid of Skin Pigmentation. Simply use the aloe gel on the pigmented areas of your body and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this every other day to help you deal with your skin pigmentation problems.

• For Refreshing, Clean Face. Aloe Vera gel isn’t just perfect for preventing and treating skin problems, it can also work as an excellent facial scrub alternative. All you’ve got to do is add two tablespoons of oatmeal and a tablespoon of honey in the gel to create a paste. After that, apply the mixture all over your face then gently massage it before rinsing off with water. You’ll surely be amazed with how clean and refreshed your skin looks after using this facial scrub.

Experiencing certain skin problems can be really depressing. So start using homemade aloe Vera gels or the ones found in the Singapore market now to get rid of your skin problems and ease your anxiety associated with the problem.

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Sometimes living in an urban area doesn’t mean the best of everything. Sometimes it means getting just more accustomed to the traffic and the daily hustle and bustle of urban living. Singapore envisions a car-light society where its citizens can freely and safely walk on pedestrian lanes and travel light by biking. The creation of cycling lanes gives proof to this vision. The history of cycling goes way back in the 19th century but its popularity has never waned. Recent times created only more useful purposes and different designs that make bicycles even better. But when it comes to the bicycle manufacturing companies, nothing beats those companies who have been there even in the early times and still continues to exist. These companies were able to develop new types of bicycles and enhanced the older models. They also are well-known for the list of many famous professional cyclists who are titleholders in the world of biking. Get to know the names of these bicycle manufacturing companies:

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Bianchi Bicycles

This is the top on the list because Bianchi Bicycles is the world’s oldest manufacturing company to date. The Italian company was founded in 1885 when the owner, Edoardo Bianchi, was only 21 years old. It started as a bicycle business and the success spurred a motorcycle production from 1897 to 1967. It then entered the car production business as a joint venture with Fiat and Perilli with Fiat buying the entire ownershio in 1969. Bianchi Bicycles was the one to introduc the use of equal-size wheels with pneumatic rubber tires. They also became more famous when the company name became attached to a list of popular bicycle championship titleholders.

The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation

This American company specializes in aluminum bike frames and introduced the carbon fiber frames. It was first started in 1971 by Jim Catrambone, Joe Montgomery and Ron Davis for their business production in camping bags and backpacks and later on the bicycle trailers for bicycle touring. Unfortunately, the company’s venture into motorsport business led to their bankruptcy in 2003. It is now owned by Dorel Industries, a Canadian conglomerate for bicycle supplies.

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Fuji Bikes

The name for this company is taken from Japan’s Mt Fuji which is Japan’s symbolic icon for strength and endurance. This now American-owned Japanese brand was first founded in 1899 and became the most popular bicycle brand in Japan in the 1920s. This company also organized a national stage race between Osaka and Tokyo in the 1930s – this race remains to be a premier race in Asia. In 1951, a Japanese biker in Fuji bicycle won the first ever Asian games that were set in New Delhi. Fuji contributed to the bicycle boom in the 1970s and developed the 12-speed bicycles, touring bicycles, and titanium frame bikes. Their bankruptcy in the 1990s led to several changes of ownership and it is now owned by Advanced Sports International of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kona Bicycle Company

This Canadian company was first founded in 1988 and is still owned by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron. The company is popular for its long-standing tradition of bicycle racing and cycling advocacy. It also has a Kona Factory Team that is composed of elite professional riders from all over the world winning 200 National and World Champion competitions. The company specializes in mountain bikes but also produces and develops other types of bikes.

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There are many photographers in Singapore – both professional and hobbyists – who are slowly turning in their DSLRs for a Mirrorless Camera. A Mirrorless Camera also known as Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) is as its name suggests a camera that has no mirror. It also features lens interchangeability. Mirrorless Cameras have only been introduced in the market eight years ago but this type of camera is definitely drawing some attention. Generally, these cameras are smaller in build and cheaper than your typical DSLR but they also come with a lot of fascinating features that pushes a new bar of competition against its higher end counterparts. But before you decide to replace your DSLR with a Mirrorless Camera, let me share some things you need to know about this type – what makes them great and what makes them not so.

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The Camera is Compact

As already mentioned, a Mirrorless Camera is generally small in size. The camera has reduced one main factor which is the mirror. This then allows the lens to be mounted closer to the sensors. The lens is also built in small sizes in order to match the size of the sensors which explains why most of these cameras are small. On top of this, a Mirrorless Camera is also light-weight.

The Camera’s Autofocus

The hybrid autofocus system turned everything around by turning this well-known area of weakness for Mirrorless Cameras. The autofocus used to be so bad but now they’re the camera’s main asset. The hybrid autofocus system enabled the Mirrorless Camera to produce outputs that are more consistent and accurate even when compared to other cameras like DSLRs.

The Camera’s Video Quality

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This is something that advocates of Mirrorless Cameras are proud of. This type of camera is proven to be able to produce photographic tricks that most photographers would want to have. The Mirrorless Camera is also known to produce better (if not the best) quality for videos.

The Camera Is Your Investment

Usually it’s the lenses that photographers spend much money on. A lens can do a lot and there are many classes to choose from. What’s great about Mirrorless Cameras is that with the use of an adapter, it is possible to use different kinds of DSLR and non-DSLR lenses on Mirrorless Cameras. So what this really means is you can enjoy all the lenses you have in just one body of camera. That makes this type of camera an investment in itself.

The Camera’s Limitations

Again, it’s only been 8 years since Mirrorless Cameras entered the market scene so it’s really the newest type of camera. What this means is you can expect a lot of inconsistencies on the camera manufacturers’ market and product performance for the Mirrorless Camera. These cameras have also a shorter battery life as compared to DSLRs – that’s a blow. They also don’t have an optical viewfinder which causes noticeable lag time in live footages. This puts the Mirrorless Camera at a disadvantage when capturing photos of moving objects.

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Whether you want an additional lighting in each of your condominium unit or repair a faulty electrical line in the lobby of your building, do-it-yourself electrical rewiring can be really intimidating, and dangerous if not done correctly. A small mistake can jeopardize the safety of your tenants, as well as your business operations.

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Often, the best solution for this is to contract with a licensed electrical contractor. You can ask your colleagues or your property management company for recommendations of reliable electrical contractors.

Compare Project Bids

Before hiring a contractor, you’ll need to evaluate the cost of the project. Consider getting bids for the overall project cost and an evaluation of how the work will be performed.

You and your managing agent should find out if everything needed for the project, such as the electrical materials and service fees, are included in the quote or whether additional charges are required. Also, consider that prices of materials may increase due to the time difference between the time the estimation was made and the time the operation is started. If you have a good condo estate manager in Singapore, when comparing bids between two or more electrical contractors, make sure that each contractor gives a close estimation and not something like “around a hundred bucks.”

Find Out Timeframe of Work

After evaluation, the contractor will now have a clearer idea of how much work is needed for the project. You and your managing agent can then ask him for a projected date of accomplish, which may be in as little as a week or a month-long contract. The electrical project may interrupt your business operations so knowing when the project will be completed is extremely beneficial.

Ask for Complete Price List

Ask your contractor for a detailed price sheet that contains the breakdown of material and labor costs. This is highly recommended by property management companies as it allows property owners to evaluate whether the contractor is charging their clients with overly marked up material prices. But keep in mind that some contractors mark up on some materials to cover the expenses for delivering items to the site. Make sure that every single item is checked and the prices are agreed on before starting the work.

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Clarify Any Questions

Avoid the most common mistake that many Singapore business owners commit when hiring professional services. Bring up all questions you have in mind that may be bothering you about the electrical project. The electrician will likely know the answers to all your electrical questions and can give you peace of mind. Also, remember that your contractor is a professional who has troubleshoot the exact same problem countless of times.

Put Things in Writing

For this type of agreement, never count on a handshake or verbal agreement. Make sure that everything agreed upon are stipulated in the contract. It should include a list of materials to be purchased by the contractor, description of work, number of workers, labor costs, payment terms, guarantees, and start and completion date. Read and understand everything written and never forget to read the fine prints.

The key to a safe and successful electrical works of your property is to look for an experienced and certified electrical contractor. Though their services cost much more than those with no certifications and licenses, the safety of your building, business, and tenants is hundred percent guaranteed.

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Do you often wonder why the person you like does not share the same ideals, and feelings as you? Here is your guide to the reasons behind your dilemma.

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  1. You’re not his type. At this stage, no amount of flirting or pleasing him would make him like you. He’s made his choice there is no changing that. A “NO” in a man’s world will always remain as a “NO.”

 

  1. You’re too clingy. During the first days of getting to know a guy, he would want the attention but when the days progress don’t get too attached, guys hate it when a woman tries too hard. If he wants you, you don’t need to chase him, he doesn’t require being chased, and he’ll come to you when he wants to. Be patient.

 

  1. You’re easy to get. Do not be constantly available. You are not obliged to reply to his texts nor answer his calls immediately. Be convenient enough to say no. It will only make him want you more. This is your goal: To make him chase.

 

  1. You talk too much. Guys hate it when you run out of topics to talk about because you’ve been blabbering all night on your first date. If this is the case, you won’t get a second date even if you begged for it. One tip: Go with the flow. A guy wants a smooth and enjoyable conversation that requires his participation too.

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  1. He’s gay. We should consider all the possibilities. There is the possibility that you like the same people, men. In this case, there’s nothing wrong with you or him, you just like different things. Accept it and move on.

 

  1. He sees you as a friend. Accept the fact that he got used to the reality that you are his friend. He doesn’t want to ruin the friendship. It’s easier to play your part as his friend so that maybe one day he’ll see you in a different light and eventually ask you out.

 

  1. He likes someone else. The hard part about this is the “someone else” being your best friend. Now, that is a blow. But, what most people don’t realize is the best friend always gets the man, eventually through time. Our advice is: Stay who you are, don’t change yourself to be somebody you’re not. If he’s destined to be with you, he will be in the end.

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Do you feel like you’ve lost your amazing fashion touch even when exposed to fashion reality shows and although residing in a city of fashion icons? Follow these steps to climb back to the top of the fashion pyramid.

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  1. Be original. With the vast growing fashion style in Singapore, people often lose their sense of fashion. To regain this glorious momentum, we should start by being original. Creating your own fashion statement would surely make people’s heads turn.

 

  1. Own your outfit. The problem usually starts with confidence. A good outfit but no sense of confidence? Screams a very big NO. We should walk the walk and talk the talk. You are what you wear so brand yourself by owning your outfit.

 

  1. If you’ve got it flaunt it. The best part about branding yourself is knowing your assets. Do not be afraid to flaunt that beautiful part of your body that allows people to take that second glance. Show them what beauty nature has given you.

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  1. Use the element of surprise. Do you often feel like you’ve brought your best to the palate but you still don’t feel satisfied? The secret is, the element of surprise. Whether it’s something really absurd or a vintage scarf, you wouldn’t believe how outstanding it is to have a little contrast to your outfit. It would not only surprise the bystanders, it would surprise you as well. Nobody can pull it off better than you.

 

  1. Go for vintage. The style this year, like high waist jeans does not necessarily look like the one’s from the 80’s. In a subtle and dazzling way spice up the clothes from your archive and you’ll realize that the revival will never come back the same way. So indulge and be amazed with the difference. Our advice: Make a new fashion statement. Be a leader not a follower.

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Alkaline water machines or water ionizers are designed to obtain drinking water with a certain level of pH. Producing acidic and alkaline water, a water ionizer is connected to a water supply and electrical power source and is connected to the main tap water faucet or installed as an additional tap water supply in the kitchen.

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With the controversy surrounding this product, many people in Singapore are wondering what really the scoop is on this product and whether it’s a good investment or not. There’s a lot of contradictory information about this, so it can be confusing to understand its properties and abilities to improve one’s health. However, if you know a couple of facts about this product, you can be confident to decide whether or not to buy one. To help you with that, here are the most important FAQs about alkaline ionized water you would certainly want to know.

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1. Is alkaline ionized water beneficial to the health?

First and foremost, ionized water is a powerful antioxidant, so that alone is already beneficial for your health as it delays aging. It prevents damages caused by free radicals, which causes signs of aging to appear earlier and various types of cancer. Secondly, ionized water balances the pH level in our body because of its alkalinity. It neutralizes the acidity of the body from extremely acidic diet. Thirdly, many people in Singapore recommend alkaline water for excellent health with its reduced molecular size, water produced from ionizing machine is much more hydrating than that from basic water filter.

2. How much alkaline ionized water should I drink?

It varies from person to person. It depends on your weight—you need either an ounce or half of ionized water for every pound—and the complexity of your day-to-day activity. If you perspire more, then you should drink more to replenish the lost water. However, that’s just a general advice. If you’re under medication or enduring a more advance stage of health condition, seeking professional advice is strongly recommended before upping the doze of your alkaline water intake.

3. Does ionized water contain fluoride?

If you ionize tap water and not filter it prior the ionization, then yes it will contain fluoride and the same contaminants it got from your water supply. In order to ensure purity of water from fluoride, a water filter should be used before ionization. You can also use special filters to clean the water from toxic metals, like lead, arsenic, and mercury. Most water ionizing machines already have built-in standard water filters, but by choosing one that’s equipped with advanced type of filters you’re assured you’re drinking more purified, mineralized, and therefore more health beneficial water.

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4. Is baking-soda water equally healthy as machine ionized alkaline water?

Baking soda contains another chemical—sodium bicarbonate; and alkalinizing water with baking soda will not only give you an unpleasantly tasting liquid, but loads of sodium as well. Because of this, using baking soda for permanent use to make the water alkaline can’t be recommended.

5. Can alkaline ionized water help lower blood pressure?

Ionized water can help lower blood pressure, but it does not guarantee that in extreme cases as it is not a medicine. However, by drinking alkaline ionized water, you’re not only hydrating yourself but also providing your body with all the minerals contained in it; therefore benefitting your health in the long run.

6. How to make water alkaline when away from home?

When travelling, you can use portable water ionizing units. Many of these are in the form of tumblers and pitchers, and are available in the same supplier you got your water ionizing machine. While it’s not as effective as your ionizing machine, it can still produce moderate amount of pH level in the water and even add magnesium and calcium in it.

Overall, it boils down that a water ionizer is a great investment in ensuring that your health is kept in tip-top condition. This will provide you clean and fresh water supply at home and allow you and your family to enjoy its many great health benefits.

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Most of us have experienced them, but only a few talks about them. Can we really control pre-menstrual breakouts? How do you know if yours is just a runoff-the-mill breakout or one that’s reated to your cycle? Questions like these are very common, and for any lady who wants to keep her skin as clear and beautiful as possible, it helps to know the answer for all these questions. Here’s to help you get to know your skin cycle so you can keep your skin flawless during that time of the month.

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A Week Before Your Period

Your skin is in full PMS mode, thanks to your hyper levels of progesterone (the hormone that amps up the skin’s oil production).

How to deal with it: De-grease your face and de-gunk pores using a facial wash and toner with salicylic acid in them. If you feel a pimple is about to emerge, slather the area with clay mask—it sucks out oil and grime from beneath the skin, therefore preventing the breakout.

The Week of Your Period

Zits developing on your face? They are because of last week’s progesterone surge and pore-clogging.

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How to deal with it: Be more attentive with your skin’s cleansing needs. Remove make-up with make-up remover wipes and then wash your face with a benzoyl peroxide facial wash. Afterwards, slather some oil-free moisturizer to prevent the skin from over-drying.

The Week After the Period

After two weeks of bumpy ride, your progesterone levels have normalized—and so will your skin. However, some zits can be stubborn and may last for a few more days—they still need more of your attention.

How to deal with it: For stubborn zits, spot treat it with cortisone cream. Dab on the spot only once or twice total—too much can dry out the area and cause the skin to flake. And PS, this isn’t the time for you to slack. Sticking to a skin care regimen, even when acne-free, will prevent future breakouts.

Taking care of your skin will not only ensure clear skin, but will also change your life—it will lead to a better mood, better confidence, and less discomfort.

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When you were still in your teenage years, it’s easy to wolf down fast food, candy bars, pizza, and bagels without thinking twice—because you know it won’t impact your weight. Now, even if you’re a hardcore vegan, you still struggle to lose those extra pounds. Why? It’s likely because your metabolism takes a dive over the years and ultimately affects your waistline. Now that we know what happens inside the body, here’s how your calorie-burning mechanism transforms over the years and what you can do to keep it working at its best.

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In Your 20s…

Your Metabolism Peaks

Most of people benefit from their highest basal metabolic rate in their late teens to early twenties. Some hit it earlier, others later, which has a lot to do with genes, though activity level also plays a major role. After all, playing on intramurals, hoofing around campus, and doing gym classes burn more calories than sitting in an office.

But It Won’t Last Long

By late twenties, many have noticed that it seems impossible to eat the same things they used to without gaining weight and that weight loss is no longer as easy as it once was. Since this drop in the metabolic rate starts right about the time people settle into the (largely sedentary) workforce , your office job can be one of the things to blame.

In Your 30s…

Pregnancy Can Be Both Good and Bad for the Weight

If you decided to have a baby, pregnancy can give your metabolism a boost, but not enough to allow you to double your normal diet. While you need to eat for yourself and for your baby, remember that the baby is only a coule of millimetres in size, so you don’t need that much extra calories.

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Breastfeeding Can Help

A huge calorie-burning power in your 30s comes from breastfeeding. The average woman who’s nursing her infant can expect to burn an extra 500 to 1,000 calories each day.

In Your 40s…

Your Hormones Significantly Decreases

During this age, your body prepares for menopausal stage, and your levels of progesterone, estrogen, and human growth hormones decrease; unfortunately, your metabolism also follows. That means you will need to focus on reducing your calorie intake to maintain a healthy weight.

Building Muscles Is a Necessity

Although this should be necessary at any age, at the age of 40 and up, your body’s natural decline in muscle mass sets in. To fight muscle loss and keep your metabolism at its peak, you really have to focus on strength training. While any exercise will burn calories, strength training provides the biggest boost in your metabolism after a workout session.

Taking care of your body and health should be practiced at any age. However, knowing exactly what your body needs according to your age allows you to reap the best benefits you can actually get from being mentally and physically fit.

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Accounting has always been part of business, and the person in charge is the one responsible for managing business support areas, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial forecasting, auditing, payroll, and more. But is the role of business accountant really changing?

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There are key challenges facing the business world today, and management accountants will have to adapt to these changes. Technology, the Internet, improved accounts, and accounting software have all influenced how accountants work and brought efficiency to Singapore businesses.

Crucial Features

Singapore businesses use a mix of financial and management accounting with their business operations. Financial accounting using SME million software for accountants in Singapore takes care of the company’s financial activities, listing sales, expenses, liabilities, assets, and cash flow; while management accounting focuses on the allotment of costs to goods or services, preparing financial information for business decision, and creating budget for business functions. Both of these features are important requirements for better company management and are both can be found in an accounting software program.

Technology

Centuries ago, during the pre-computer age, accounting was manually processed with paper and pencil. Columnar sheets were a thing during those years. Columns were added up, moved from one page to another, and financial statements were gathered manually.

Just like any other industry, the advent of computer and the Internet have changed business accounting. Although the concept stays the same, the processes were made automated for faster and more accurate results.
Accounting software continue to improve and develop cutting edge technology that helps corporations get the most from today’s technological advancements by improving the way how businesses work, improving efficiency, and adding value to data.

Cloud Accounting

Cloud-based accounting software is the latest technological breakthrough in the field of business and accountancy. Working in a cloud-based system means that business data are available online—anytime, anywhere. Business owners can easily update and review records from any Internet-enabled device, such as PCs, laptops, smart phones, and tablets. Likewise, collaborative works between accountant and client becomes much easier. With cloud-based accounting software enabling real-time working relationship between the two entities, the accountant can instantly provide clients with advices about their business to help owners monitor and improve productivity of their business.

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Regulatory Enforcement

With the help of technology and more advanced accounting software, accountants and financial advisers are in better position to offer insights and expert advices to their clients without the distraction of hard-to-analyze spreadsheets.

Moreover, with the ever-changing rules and regulation of Singapore’s financial industry, accountants often find themselves as business regulators. They are the ones responsible to ensuring that their client’s financial records adhere to the legislature.

Cloud accounting software opened the door to a more valuable service for accountants and business owners. A variety of accounting software can be used by accountants—to help them manage their clients’ businesses—and a selection of others especially tailored for small business owners who prefer to manage accounting and bookkeeping of their business on their own.

Making a Choice

If your company has an accountant—either outsourced or in-house—it would be a wise decision to ask for their advices and recommendations as to what accounting software to purchase. Accountants know what software programs work best with the type for business their client has, as well as what software functions complements their existing programs. In fact, an accountant can help setup the software so that it gathers the right information needed to file taxes, monitor cash flow, and many more.

Likewise, the IT department of the company must also be considered. It’s important to understand the hardware solution and find out whether the system can afford such complexity. Business accounting programs use big databases, usually consisting of various data tables all running at the same time, so it’s important to have a good look at the system’s disc space.

Accounting is—ever since—part of business management. However, options for better management were not as great as we have today. All thanks to modernization, it has paved the way for a more reliable business accounting processes.

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Health Promotion Board is urging all Singaporeans to observe good hygiene. Good hygiene is imperative to maintain your health and overall well-being. Preventing disease is easier if all Singaporeans practice good hygiene.

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The most basic thing that you can do is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. So, how often should you wash your hands? Your hands should be washed before handling food, after blowing your nose, after using the toilet, before meals, after meals and after touching public spaces like handrails, doorknobs and the like.

Now that you know the frequency of hand washing, the next thing that you have to be familiar about is the correct steps to wash your hands. Here are the steps to wash hands effectively:

  1. Use soap
  2. Wash palm to palm
  3. Wash between the fingers
  4. Wash the back of the hands
  5. Wash the base of the thumbs
  6. Wash the back of the fingers
  7. Swab the fingernails
  8. Wash the wrists of both hands
  9. Rinse with water and wipe it dry with a clean towel.

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Hand washing is simple but its importance cannot be ignored. You should be responsible of your health and this is the effective way to keep illness at bay. If you do not want to harm the people around you, you have to be thorough and share the right steps to your friends and loved ones.

Health Promotion Board launched an initiative that reminds us to be healthy and avoid being unwell. The Board calls it F.I.G.H.T (frequent hand washing, immunization, go to the doctor, home rest and tissues).

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Many Singaporeans now want to look good and feel good. You try to be healthy. There are people who are successful while there are others who fail. Being healthy is not only a state without illness and disease. Being healthy is a state where you take good care of your body through paying attention to the food you eat at the same allotting time to exercise regularly.

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To put it simply, your goal should be to make sure that your calorie intake is equal to (or at least less than) your calorie output. You have to know that a calorie is a component of energy. If you want to live healthy, you have to achieve the recommended caloric balance.

If you maintain your current weight, the calorie that you have to consume should be equal to (or at least less than) your calorie output. If you consume calories more than our calorie output and without considering of burning it, you will surely gain weight. You all know where weight gain will lead – myriad of health issues from diabetes to heart disease and high cholesterol.

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It will be for your benefit to know how much calorie is too much. According to experts, the recommended caloric intake for men is 2,200 kcal and 1,800 for females. This seems hard because here in Singapore, it is hard to watch out for the food you eat because of thousand delicacies. Indeed it sounds hard but it is not impossible.

With the help of Healthier Dining Programme, Singaporeans now are well informed when it comes to healthy eating. The recommended caloric intake will depend on the height, gender, activity level and weight. It is best that you consult your doctor for more advise on caloric balance.

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4 Foods to Remove from Your Diet to Promote Healthy Eating

 

Eating healthy is not an easy deed to accomplish. There are hard days when we just want to give in to temptation and indulge in our favorite treat.

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Some of our guilty pleasures are worth the binge. For example, enjoying several pieces of dark chocolate give healthy dose of antioxidants to the body and may improve blood circulation.  Unfortunately, there are several food choices we have that are slowly causing harm to our body in many different ways.

Try to avoid these foods when eating to promote good health.

Soda

Time and time again, we are warned by nutritionists of the bad effects of sodas to our health. However, these drinks packed in sugar are hard to resist.

Be warned that people who regularly consume soft drinks have a 26 percent increased risk of developing diabetes. For women who drink an average of a can of soda a day, there is a 75 percent risk of them developing gout. This is greater compared to those women who hardly drink these sugary drinks.

No matter what form the soda is in, diet or regular, it’s still not ideal for the body. Diet sodas may be a lot better compared to regular sodas but these drinks are often much sweeter than the average soda, raising a person’s sweetness tolerance and making it hard for them to enjoy the natural sweetness of other foods.

Regular soft drink consumption is also linked to health disorders like kidney damage, obesity, and the development of certain types of cancers.

 

Processed meat

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Fats have been highly misunderstood in the past. For example, margarine was once hailed to be healthier than butter because it does not contain animal fat which is associated with harmful cholesterol. Now, however, margarine is considered as one of the unhealthiest forms of fat.

A lot of margarine products contain trans fat, the worst kind of fat. Trans fat can increase blood cholesterol levels in the body and increase risk of heart disease. Trans fat lowers the levels of good cholesterols in the body, making the risks of heart-related illnesses greater.

 

White bread

White bread, made from refined grains has been stripped off of most of its nutritional contents. Added to this is the fact that it’s high in sugar, white bread brings nothing good to the body but increase the level of sugar. It’s low in zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and lacks essential minerals.

A white bread-rich diet can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. As a healthier alternative, opt for the wheat bread alternative which is rich in bran and fiber, ingredients that help steady the blood sugar level in the body.

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Ever have that experience of feeling lethargic after having your lunch? According to a Business Insider article, this is very normal. It manifests that the body clock is working properly and the body is reaction well to the food we just ate.

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However, do not think that you’ll not feel sluggish if you skip lunch. A slump in your mood during the afternoon is pretty normal. Experts report that the body will want to take a rest seven hours after being woken up.

The circadian rhythm, or also known as the body’s 24-hour cycle is at its resting phase during the afternoon. Another body cycle that converges with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic, the cycle that measures the amount of time a person spends conscious. This cycle also pushes the body to take a rest.

When we are in school or at work however, we cannot afford to rest whenever we feel like it. We give you simple tips to fight off sluggishness

 

  • Eat at the right time.

Not eating during regular times can wreck a havoc to one’s circadian rhythm. Eating on the right time consistently prevent the loss of energy that can worsen sleepiness. Follow a regular eating pattern to keep alert daily.

  • Avoid sugary foods.

Stocking up on sweet snacks to have that rush of energy and alertness? This move is more counterproductive. Sugar consumption is known to give us a burst of energy for the day. Unfortunately, the effects are only temporary. After that sudden burst of energy, you will immediately crash and be sleepier than before. Instead of indulging in sweets, have regular healthy snacks prepared at home.

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  • Coffee break timing is also important.

Coffee breaks are a workplace staple situation. The caffeine helps us feel alert when we encounter drowsiness. The body naturally produces cortisol in order for us to be awake and alert at specific times of the day. Observe when these periods are and avoid taking caffeine during these times. Instead, focus on these time sequence: 9:30 am – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

  • Stay fit and work out.

If your office has an indoor gym, then you are lucky. Take advantage of this added perk and work out routinely. Do aerobic exercises to fight off sleepiness and boost your work capacity. Every time you feel lethargic, hit the gym. If you simply have no time to go to the gym, do some good stretches at your desk or simply take a walk.

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The rise of online shops has made the lives of more Singaporeans easy and more convenient. If we do not want to go out and deal with the long queue at the counter area, online shopping is definitely for us. No matter the benefit of online shops, there is always peril looming around.

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According to some research, online shoppers have higher tendency to spend at least 40% more than their offline counterparts. Knowing this, we should avoid online shopping no matter how pleasing it looks like. Another peril is the probability if buyer’s remorse is higher with online shoppers. Why? In online shopping, we merely see the products and trust in the picture. If we receive it and it is not quite we expected, the remorse is higher compared to a purchase that we touched with our own hands.

Now that we know the perils, we have to shop smart so we do not have regrets at the end of the day and waste our precious money. Here are some tips on staying smart when it comes to online shopping:

  • Search for better deals: More than stores in the mall, we have aplenty of choices when we consider online shops. This should give us a leeway to decide which store or deal is better. The only thing that we should do is allot time and make a research. If we think products are cheap in a specific store, we have to look for another one and maybe prices there are cheaper.

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  • Limit our purchases: Limiting our purchases is not as tedious as counting the calories we intake. Limiting purchases is easy if we set an amount and stick to it. The important thing here to note is sticking to our plan. We should limit purchases say $200 a month?
  • Review our cart: Before ticking the “checkout” button, we have to be sure of our purchases. We should not waste money. When making the order, no one should rush us because once we “checkout” we cannot take it back.
  • Read the return policy: Many Singaporeans ignore the return policy because it is lengthy but when we make a mistake, no matter the length, we will read the whole article but then it is too late since we cannot take back our money.
  • Memorize our sizes: To avoid returning a product and wasting money, we have to memorize our sizes and do not rely on our instincts.

Whether we consider online shopping or not, we have to manage our expenses and avoid splurging if we do not want to go broke soon.

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We work hard to ensure that we will have a financially secure future not only for us but also for our children. Unfortunately, ensuring a financially secure future is very challenging and it cannot be perfected right away. No matter how difficult it is, it is still possible. We only need discipline and our greatest resolve to make things happen.

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If at this moment we acknowledge that we need to improve our finances and eventually walk our way to a financially secure future, we are one step closer to our goal. It starts from there but we still need to know few things to be successful and live comfortably here in Singapore in the future. Here are some secrets that should be revealed so we can all live in financial independence:

  • Assess our monthly expenses: Before saving, we need to ascertain our monthly expenses first. We have to know how much of our monthly income go to our expenses. This simple act can give us a picture of things that are necessary and are not. We can be successfully in this step by categorizing our “wants” and “needs”. Remember that “needs” are things that we cannot live without and “wants” are things that we can do without for a long time.
  • Think ahead: To avoid another financial pitfall, we should think ahead and prepare for it. Example, we can get a health insurance. It eases us to think that whatever the future holds, we are ready for it.
  • The percentage: Whenever we receive our monthly salary, we have to determine the percentage of our savings whether it is 10%, 20% or 50%. We have to decide a sensible amount for no matter how small it is, it can make a difference. If we do not want to save it in a bank, we can consider other investments.

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  • Be out of debts: Credit cards are popular here in Singapore. There is nothing wrong with that but we have to determine when it is too much. We should be out of debts if we want to live comfortably and avoid the anxieties of creditors and collectors knocking on our doors.
  • The “spend less” routine: If there is a less expensive alternative, we should consider it by all means.
  • Track it: There is nothing wrong with bringing a journal and listing all the expenses for the day this way we will know where our money went. It will also ease us.

Knowing how to spend and save successfully is the trick to financial independence. Hopefully we will now know what to undertake.

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No matter how many books we read about being an effective mother (especially if it is our first child), there are no sources that can give us the exact training to prepare us of what is coming. Motherhood is not an exact science – our instincts will lead our way and we have to trust that experience will make us more effective. Being new is not a problem but our reluctance to learn will be the end of us.

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When other mothers tell us about the sleepless nights and crying, we seem to accept it but unless we have experienced it, we won’t be able to understand it fully. We may be capable to deal with many difficult people in our workplace but once our child comes out, it is natural that we will be lost and stressed out.

What are the stresses of new mothers? Well, giving birth is an exhausting and emotional experience. Aside from that, we have to adjust with our hormones. If we underwent surgery, recovering from it is another matter not to mention the lack of sleep and establishing breastfeeding. This is not meant to discourage us but we can paint a clear picture out of this so we will know what to expect.

The first few weeks are difficult but if our baby is between 6 to 8 eights, things will be lighter that is if we settled patterns and effective routine. However, if we are still unable to cope up for the longest time and still in difficulty, we should consider some points in coping up. Here are some coping up points that can be effective:

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  • Set time for ourselves: Even if we have babies, it is important that we reward ourselves by taking a break – no matter how short it is. If we have one or two hours spare time, grab it and have our hair fixed or get a massage.
  • Enlist help from others: Being new to everything gives us enough reason to ask help from others especially those that have experiences. We have to utilize the help of the people around us if we do not want to be exhausted.
  • Eat well: It is important that we eat well and that means nutritiously especially if we are breastfeeding our baby.
  • Exercise: Walking in the park is the simplest form of exercise. If we are worried about our baby, we can bring him/her using the push chair.

If we think that we can cope up with stresses of becoming a new mother, it will happen.

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