The Benefits of Learning A New Language

January 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Because of the diversity in Singapore, a lot of languages are being spoken. English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil are the four languages recognized by the government. With that, it may come as no surprise that a local may speak a certain language and still know terms from a different language. But, there is a difference between knowing some terms and being able to speak the language itself. And learning a new language actually gives us a lot more benefits than we think!

You become smarter

Learning or speaking a new language prompts our brain to recognize words, associate their meanings, and communicate these words correctly. Learning a language can be hard, especially at an older age. But this is exactly the kind of workout our brains need for it to stay sharp. When we are presented with a new language, we have to look into the complicated patterns and structures of that language. This challenges us to concentrate on applying these structures properly and helps us improve our cognitive thinking and problem-solving skills.

Improves your memory

Learning new words and their meanings is an exercise for the brain that can help enhance memory. When you go on further, familiarizing yourself with the sentence structures, grammar, and even expressions of that foreign language will help improve overall memory. This is because your brain is already juggling the proper structures and patterns between the different languages that you already know.

You get better in your first language

As you learn a new language, you’ll take more notice of its grammatical rules, vocabulary, comprehension, and other mechanics. Hence, when you use your first language, you will also learn to pay more attention to the mechanics that apply to it. Again, languages have a lot of similarities and differences in their mechanics and rules and being able to distinguish between them and applying them appropriately can make you a better communicator overall. 

It increases career opportunities

Being a multilingual means that you are capable of communicating and interacting with more communities. Having this asset will present you with more opportunities because connecting with a broad network of people is a valuable skillset that companies or employers looks for. In addition, having this ability shows that you are intelligent, driven to learn new things, and have an openness towards diversity.

You get to meet new people

Learning a new language not only helps you communicate with the native speakers of this language but also gives you a better understanding of the culture and race that speak it. This then allows you to meet and interact with new people without having any issues with communication. Sometimes, the native speakers will also teach you a thing or two about the language, if for example your still making mistakes.

Ideal Breakfast Food You Should Consider Having

January 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

In our time today, many people rush out to work or school and skip breakfast. Many would argue that breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day. But even if that’s the case, eating breakfast is definitely helpful when trying to keep a healthy diet. It can give us a lot of added benefits compared to just having two meals a day.

Eating breakfast is one thing, but choosing the right food to start your day is another. Here are some ideal breakfast food that you can get.

Rice

Having some rice is already a given when it comes to meals not just in Singapore, but in most Asian countries as well. Rice, specifically brown rice, is rich in carbohydrates which is a good source of energy and fuel for the body. This will keep you energized throughout the day, as you will have extra reserves just in case you get tired physically and/or mentally. Of course, you shouldn’t eat only rice!

Eggs

Eggs are a great choice for breakfast. They contain almost every nutrient that our bodies need to keep going for a day. It is a fine source of protein, which is an important component for every cell in our body. Having enough protein can promote muscle growth and development, keep our bones strong, and lower our blood pressure.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is great for breakfast because it’s easy to make and may contain balanced amounts of fiber and protein. Oatmeal can contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers help balance blood sugar levels and keep bad cholesterol at bay while insoluble fibers help with our digestion. For one, cereal lovers will love to have oatmeal for breakfast. It is recommended, then, to have oatmeal instead of breakfast cereals.

Fruits

Fruits are probably the most flexible food you can have for breakfast. Having fruits can be very convenient if you are rushing to work or school and you’re looking for a quick, healthy breakfast. But in no way are we encouraged to eat only fruits for breakfast. Relying only on fruits for breakfast will not give you enough nutrients and energy. The most beneficial and nutritious fruits are avocados, watermelons, strawberries and raspberries, papaya, and guava; while those that will help you stay full are apples, cherries, bananas, and grapes.

Coffee

It is not ideal to have only coffee for breakfast, but having it as a beverage to a good hearty meal can give many benefits. Drinking coffee can give a boost in mood and concentration for you to have a great start your day. However, the topic of coffee can be pretty complicated. Although it still has many benefits, constantly taking caffeine in our body might also present some health issues. So, it would be best to have some coffee but only in moderation, or at least not every day.

Everything You Need to Know About Backpacks

December 7th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

There are two words that are reason enough why many people such as campers, hikers, and adventurers choose to go with a backpack: hands free.

Even if you’re carrying a month’s worth of luggage, the weight is evenly distributed on your back that you won’t be bothered too much when you’re carrying it. Most backpacks these days are durable and can be easily cleaned when exposed to dirt or mud.

Anatomy of a Backpack

Even though backpacks are quite straightforward, there’s actually a little more to them than what it looks like at first. Here are the specifics that you might need to look into when buying a new one that will last you a long time:

  • Shape/Lay-out– The shape of your backpack will resemble the contents that are supposed to beplaced in the bag. While hiking bags are often round, office backpacks aresquare-shaped to accommodate laptops or folders.  
  • Pockets/Compartments – While external pockets are great for items that you need to take out and put back in when you’re on the go, internal pockets and compartments are for items that may need to be kept safely.
  • Straps – Your backpack’s shoulder straps are what supports and evenly distributes the weight of the bag on your back. However, even if the straps are strong enough, they can still buckle or snap if the bag itself is too heavy.

Types of Backpacks

Different types of backpacks are suited for different purposes, and they are designed and manufactured depending on the surroundings and setting they are supposed to be used in. Here they are for your consideration:

  • Hiking – Hiking bags are specifically built to carry heavy loads over long periods of time, and are designed to resist wear and tear. While they are the most durable, they also appear quite bulky and should
  • BikeBag – Bike bags are designed to be flat in shape with a roll topto keep the contents of your bag dry.
  • Office/Urban/School – These types of backpacks are often square or rectangular in shape in order to accommodate rectangular-shaped objects, such as laptops or books. Some backpacks even have a separate sleeve or compartment for this purpose.
  • Fashion – Backpacks in this category only have a front pocket and a main compartment, and are designed more to look good than to be practical. If you have this type of backpack, try to keep it clean and avoid packing it with heavy things.  

When choosing a backpack, be sure to choose one that’s especially suited for your purpose – for instance, having a hiking backpack in the office will definitely look out of place. Checking on the backpack’s quality and characteristics will help you do this easily. 

5 Quick Emergency Repairs for Your Footwear You Can Do on Your Own

December 7th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

If you’ve ever been in a situation where your footwear breaks down in the middle of the street, there’s a good chance that the first thing that came to your mind is to buy a new pair.But when your budget is tight and you can’t afford it, emergency repairs are a thing you need to know how to do.

Luckily for you, they don’t have to be so hard. Here are a few emergency repairs that you can do on your own:

  1. Re-attach the heel – While in some cases, it’s completely possible to simply re-insert the heel back in place, there are other cases that your heel breaks off completely from your shoe.

When this happens, try to scrape off as much of the old glue as you can and make the heel surface as rough as you can before applying the new glue.

  • Use super glue tore-attach the sole – Loose soles can happen in shoes all the time, and can be theresult of a lot of factors, including weather and general wear and tear. Whenthis happens, shoe glue is your best friend.

Make sure to buy a shoe glue that’s both waterproof and flexible, and spreading it around the sole before gluing it back in will allow the glue to cover a wider surface area.  

  • Repairing expensive leather – Scuffing or scratching leather is quite painful to witness, especially if the shoes are new. But the good news is you can now conceal the scuffs with the use of special color pens which can work on all types of leather – just make sure you get the right ones.

Alternatively,other things such as petroleum jelly or toothpaste can also do the trick, butthey could be risky as it can depend entirely on the solution. As much aspossible, stick with the leather polish that is specifically designed andformulated for your shoes.

  • Applying adhesive – Holes in your soles may not be fixed by applying a generous amount of shoe glue, but a good amount of adhesive may be able to plug up the holes that may be caused by rough terrain.

When applying adhesive on a hole, it’s important to give it a few moments to become tacky and dry before plugging it with a tab.

  • Replacing aglets – Even the plastic tips on your shoelaces can wear down over time. Fortunately, you can easily solve it with a quick repair by applying glue to the frayed edges and wrapping them with thread. Be sure to tie both ends and leaving them to dry before applying toothpaste to get rid of the grime.

Things to Consider Before Getting Inked

October 19th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

For a long time tattoos carried a stigma, given their association to unsavory people like gang members and prisoners. However, tattoos aren’t necessarily bad. In fact, they can be a good mark of your personality and taste. But before you decide to get inked, mull over these points first:

1. It will be part of you. Tattoos are for life, so you better be sure that you can live with it. If you feel like you’d be embarrassed to show it to people, then it’s probably not for you.

2. Your pain tolerance. Most people who have had a tattoo say the pain was not as bad as they thought it would be. That said, know that getting ink drilled into your skin will hurt.

3. Your tattoo artist. Check that his tattoo parlour is clean and that it displays the necessary certificates prescribed by the government. During your initial consultation, make sure whether you will actually be comfortable with him modifying your body: the trust between artist and client will largely affect the success of the tattoo.

4. The quality of work. Check your chosen tattoo artist’s portfolio to guarantee that he can superbly bring to life your chosen design. The marks of a good tattoo are clear lines, smooth shading and vibrant colors. Choose a reputable establishment to avoid complications—whether aesthetic or medical—in the future.

5. Your budget. Of course, make sure you can afford your ink. In Singapore, prices usually start at $100, and goes up depending on the size, colors, and complexity of your design. Pricing is subjective so feel free to negotiate, but don’t be niggardly. A 4×4” tattoo should cost about $300 to $400.

6. Meaning of your tattoo. Your tattoo is a tag that you choose for yourself. Don’t choose a design just because you think it looks cute: it should also have a personal significance. The best tattoos have a story behind it.

7. Avoiding stress. Getting repeatedly punctures is not a pleasant experience, but it doesn’t have to be distressful either. If you choose your tattoo artist well, you should be able to relax and talk to him as you get inked. You can take some non-steroidal pain relievers before the session to minimize pain.

8. Touch-ups. When your tattoo has healed, and you find that a little more coloring or adding a few lines or shades could improve it, don’t be afraid to request your tattoo artist for a touch-up. This shouldn’t cost much and could be done easily.

Managing Acid Reflux With Food

October 19th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Acid reflux or GERD, one of the most common health problems in Singapore, happens when the acid in the stomach goes back up the esophagus of food pipe, causing a burning or tightening feeling in the chest (called heartburn).

As acid reflux is largely caused by the food we eat, those who experience it should pay close attention to their diet to resolve the condition and avoid further episodes in the future.

Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux
The following food items should be avoided by people who frequently have acid reflux:

• Deep-fried food. The fat contained in these foods causes the lower esophageal sphincter to narrow, leading the stomach acids to back up.
• High-fat meats. Meats like pork, beef and lamb stay longer in the stomach, increasing the chance of acid reflux.
• Caffeine. One cup per day should be no problem, but those who drink coffee throughout the day will very likely increase the acidity in their stomach.
• Tomatoes and citrus fruits. Tomatoes, as well as oranges, lemons, and even pineapple naturally contain high levels of acids.
• Carbonated drinks. The bubbles in soda cause the stomach to expand, which puts pressure on the stomach, thus prompting acid reflux.
Other common trigger food are high-fat dairy products, mint, onions, garlic, alcohol, and chocolate.

Foods That Can Help Acid Reflux
Adding more of the following foods may help you avoid experiencing acid reflux or heartburn:

• Lean meats. Low-fat meats include fish, chicken, turkey and seafood. Don’t fry; instead, bake, poach, broil or grill them.
• Vegetables. With naturally low fat-content, vegetables help decrease acidity in the stomach. The best kinds are cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers and green beans.
• Whole-grain food. Oatmeal contain lots of fiber that absorb the acids in the stomach; whole grain rice and breads are also good options.
• Ginger. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger helps prevent the onset of heartburn as well as other gastric problems.
• Fruits. Any non-acidic fruit is a great addition to your diet, but the best are probably apples, bananas, melons and pears.
• Unsaturated fats. These can be found in foods like walnuts, sunflower oil, olive oil, sesame oil, avocadoes, and flaxseed.

Making Important Lifestyle Changes
Aside from heartburn, other symptoms of acid reflux are bloating, regurgitation, burping and a dry cough. If you’re frequently bother by acid reflux, remember the last foods you ate and minimize or avoid them in the future. You can also reduce episodes of acid reflux by avoiding the following:

• Overeating,
• Lying down immediately after a meal,
• Eating close to bedtime, and
• Smoking.