Why Do Some People Enjoy Scary Stories?

July 26th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Everywhere you go, there will always be that one person who’s deeply interested in urban legends and paranormal affairs. Whether it’s about creepy stories during the Hungry Ghost Festival or a famous horror film, this person loves hearing all about it.  Call them thrill seekers or horror junkies, there are many reasons why people like these things. But really, why do some people enjoy scary things much more than others?

Fear as a natural feeling

Fear is hardwired in us humans. All throughout history, it’s been part of a human’s fight-or-flight response. It’s basically what’s kept humans “safe” for the most part of the past. When we watch horror movies or listen to scary stories, we are able to fuel that feeling of fear, which is definitely one of our primal emotions. In this case though, we become afraid but we still have full control over ourselves. In watching a horror movie for example, you can always close your eyes or cover your ears when you sense that a frightening scene is about to come. You experience fear in some scenes of the movie but you know that in the end the monsters are defeated or suppressed.

A trip to another world

We enjoy reading a book, hearing a story, or watching a movie about something scary because it fuels our imagination. We get taken to a place where we can feel fear but typically don’t need to worry about our own safety. There are stories all about zombies, vampires, witches, and a lot more, all in which feed our “otherworldly” imagination. They spark our excitement because we know we are physically safe but the stories make us think we’re actually in danger. It all really boils down to how we were created as humans. We’re curious about fear and death but we dread it when it happens to us directly in real life, that’s why we prefer to hear or watch them in stories.

Because of things that can’t be explained

You can’t deny that a lot of things can already be explained by science. But when something happens that we can’t particularly comprehend, we immediately associate it with other forces of nature, whether good or bad. This, as we know, is tied to our culture and traditions. This is also what makes scary stories exciting for some people because even though they don’t experience it themselves, they become curious of the possibility that these things actually happen in real life. It also has something to do with a human’s urge for adventure. “If people experience this phenomenon, maybe I can too.” For some reason, the idea that something supernatural or paranormal happens is quite alluring to some people.

Right Love at the Right Place: Where to Find Love Matters, Research Reveals

July 26th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Does the venue to where you meet a potential lover count? Can it tell you something about what they are looking for, and give you a glimpse of who they are? A research has found that certain places to where people seek a mate can reflect personality and what they are seeking for in a relationship.

This might sound new for some as there are more influential avenues to meet potential partner such as “date recommendations.” According to Blackbox.com.sg, a whopping 85% of singles in Singapore opt to meet a potential mate through common friends. While online venues are also a hit in today’s era, more and more dating apps are penetrating internet users population such as Spotted, Tinder, Paktor all targeting Indonesian subscribers. Unfortunately, these niches tell very little about the things that will help you gauge the person you are trying to meet.

An interesting study conducted by Peter Jonason and his colleagues from University of Western Sydney, aimed at examining where people go when they are seeking for long-term and short-term relationships, correlation between personality traits and specific venues; and presence of gender differences when it comes to picking a venue of choice.

Lists of possible venues where people may look for short-term/casual and long-term partners were created to have 100 participants (30% male and 70% female) choose the agreeable ones. It turned out that most of the respondents (both gender) agreed on where to go to find a relationship and fling.

Top venue categories for long-term: class, organization, religious, work and gym

Top venue categories for short-term: bar, night club, party, dance club, beach

The study then proceeded on the relationship between personality traits and venue preferences. A questionnaire that assessed traits of the Dark Triad and HEXACO were given out to 209 participants (35% male and 65% female) this time. They were also asked how likely it would be that they will look for a partner at such venues. Results showed that the Dark Triad traits have more success in short-term relationships and venues; while HEXACO traits are more related to long-term goals in mind. Moreover, there were no significant gender differences noted on the choice of venues.

Researchers noted some limitations of their study specifically the online dating forum niche that was not explored and that there is still a lot to discover from the findings.

Beginner’s Guide to Taking Care of a Bonsai Tree

June 28th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Because of its unique character, bonsai trees have been used for centuries as decor in many households in Japan, and around the world. Today, they still add a great touch for any modern home.

If it’s your first time owning one, don’t let the care and maintenance intimidate you – once you get past the initial difficulties, watching your bonsai tree can be a really fun experience.

Here’s how you can take care of your bonsai tree to make it last a long time:

Water it

One thing you should never do when taking care of the bonsai tree is to let the soil dry out completely. As much as possible, water the first 1 to 1.5 inches of the soil and let the water soak to the base of the pot. This way, the soil and the roots stay hydrated.

However, be careful not to overwater it. If its leaves start to yellow, you may be adding too much water. To avoid this, use a plant mister and sprinkle the plant from the leaves all the way to the soil.

Prune it

One of the greatest attractions of owning a bonsai is the simple act of trimming its leaves, so approach this calmly.

When pruning, keep in mind that your goal is to maintain its size and to keep growth elsewhere on the plant, which you can also decide based on how and where you want the miniature tree to grow next.

Whether it’s pruning for style or regular maintenance, make sure to use dedicated bonsai clippers when doing so and apply healing paste on stumps when you remove branches.

Choose the right soil

You can’t just choose any old soil for your bonsai – you want a soil type that drains quickly while still able to retain its water, as well as having small particles to make sure that the roots are well-aerated.

You can mix your own soil to achieve this, but there are also different kinds of specialty soil dedicated for growing bonsai trees. Just be sure to add fertilizer every few months to keep your bonsai healthy.

Consider the lighting

Lighting is extremely important for a bonsai tree, especially since there are many different kinds that require varying amounts of sunlight every day.

A simple rule of thumb you can follow is that most trees do well with morning and afternoon sun, and there must always be a source of direct sunlight. If you have walls around your bonsai, move it once in a while or it will start growing in the direction where the sun hits it.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Clean, White Sneakers

June 28th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

The easiest way you can tell someone is Singaporean is by looking at their shoe stash – you’ll find more sneakers than you do high heels and dress shoes.

But when you have a thing for white sneakers, you should know that they can get dirty really easily and cleaning them can take a lot of time. No matter how careful you are or how frequently you try to keep them pristine, there will always be that one scuff mark or smudge.

So how do you keep them clean on the regular? Here’s how you can say goodbye to those scuff marks and smudges for good:

Small Scuffs

On your way to work and found a random smudge on your brand-new shoes? Just use a high-alcohol hand sanitizer, slather, and scrub it gently using an old toothbrush. Once done, wipe it off with a rag cloth. Voila!

Large Scuffs

If your sneakers are that dirty and no amount of hand sanitizer will solve it for you, it may be better instead to reach for that bottle of rubbing alcohol and a clean rag (gloves are optional, but great if you don’t want the alcohol drying out your hands).

All you need to do is dab a small amount on the clean rag and rub away – and what do you know, clean shoes at an instant!

Dedicated Shoe Cleaners

If you’re serious about shoes and like having a specific item that lets you keep your white kicks looking pristine, there are products out there in the market that can accomplish this for you.

Often, you’ll find that different store brands have their own cleaners in bottles, and that they come with their own brush applicators to make the process easier. Be sure to look for natural cleaners that don’t have any harsh chemicals, so your footwear doesn’t wear out quickly.

Quick shoe wipes are also available for you if you’re on-the-go, so keep them handy when you can.

DIY Shoe Cleaner

Perhaps the only downside to having dedicated shoe cleaning products is that you’ll have to invest quite a bit into them, so if you don’t want to shell out that amount, use a DIY solution made of one part water and two parts white vinegar.

This solution should work on most materials as long as the stain is new, but works particularly well on leather.

Baking Soda

Arguably, the best way to clean white sneakers is with a paste of baking soda and water, and using it to scrub stains for a quick and easy spot-cleaning.

The reason baking soda works so well is that it breaks up soil particles, and because it releases carbon dioxide, it also eliminates that sweaty foot smell.

However, this solution only works for white shoes, as baking soda can and will discolor any non-white shoes you plan to clean with it.

6 Things That Can Make Your Period Irregular

June 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Most women’s menstrual cycle last anywhere between 21 and 35 days—but one out of 10 have irregular period or have super heavy flow. That could signify a lot of things, from periods that comes once every few months to ridiculously light or heavy bleeding.

Here are some of the reasons why your period seems wonky and some helpful ways to try to keep it as regular as possible.

Stress

Too much stress can cause a condition called anovulation, when the body doesn’t release an egg every month like it is supposed to do. When you are too stressed out, your body produces too much cortisol, which can interfere with the production of sex hormones—the hormone responsible to ovulation. Depriving yourself of sleep can also affect your hormone regulation and cause irregularity on your cycle.

Thyroid Disease

If you notice that your period comes more frequent than the usual once a month and has become lighter, it could be a sign of hypothyroidism. On the other hand, heavier and less frequent period may mean you have hyperthyroidism. Thyroid problems are more common in women, and typically occur in your late 20s to 30s, so having irregular cycles during this age could be a sign of thyroid disease.

PCOS

Sporadic and unpredictable periods can mean you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that causes women to miss their period, cause it to be extremely irregular or to not get their period at all. If you experience completely skipping a cycle, it might be a sign of PCOS. And since PCOS causes excessive production of testosterone, look out for other signs like noticeable appearance of hair above the lips, breakouts and difficulty in losing weight.

Drastic Weight Change

Drastic change in weight can affect the pituitary gland, and in turn create hormonal imbalance, messing up your body’s natural ability to ovulate. No need to worry, though, as this can be easily remedied by getting back to your healthy weight (granted that you don’t have underlying health problems that could be affecting your weight).

Extreme Exercises

Intense workout routines can cause a condition called athletic amenorrhea. According to researches, the stress and intense energy demands from the body can impact the hormones, causing the body to produce imbalance amounts of different hormones.

Some Medications

Blood thinners, like warfarin and heparin, can make the period heavier. Some antidepressants, antipsychotics and the drug methadone also cause irregular cycles. If you’re taking a new medication and you think it is messing with your period, raise this concern to your doctor.

If you currently experience irregularities with your period, it is best to talk to a gynecologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

5 Habits of Stress-Free People

June 10th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Some people completely breakdown when under stress; others thrive when put to the test. Although there are people who are naturally relaxed, there are several habits those individuals who know how to manage everyday stresses in life. If you are someone who needs to learn how to activate your inner chill, here are five practices of stress-free people that you might also want to adopt.

  1. They do not sweat the small stuff

These people always look at things at a bigger perspective. They know very well that it is useless to work themselves up over these unimportant matters or things they do not have control on. They would rather choose to focus their energy and attention on more important stuff that they know will help them improve in whatever ways.

  • They are always organize

You do not stress yourself out if you know what you need to do. Stress-free people do not allow their hectic schedules and even responsibilities to rule their lives; they know how to prioritize. They take control of chaos and always make use of calendars and planners to make everything organized and on schedule.

  • They have healthy ways to release the stress

This is the most helpful habit to adopt to live a stress-free life. Individuals who are experts at managing stress have their own way of releasing the tension they feel inside. Regularly hitting the gym, having creative outlet, regularly going out with friends help reset your mind and keep your sanity in check.

  • They avoid drama

These people who are effective at managing their life are usually busy people. Since they are so used to driving their lives in the fast lane, they are experts at avoiding potholes—and drama is the biggest pothole of life. Gossiping on someone might be amusing for a little while, but it won’t really do you any good. Stress-free people do not gossip, they avoid it because it only wastes their energy and time, which they would rather use on more essential things.

  • They know when to take appropriate breaks

These people are stress-free because they know when and how to replenish their energy. Whether it is a weekend getaway, a night with friends or simply a chill Saturday at home watching Netflix or reading a book, they know when they are running low on energy and how to replenish. They do not wait until they feel depressed or get ill. They know when the tank is empty and when it’s time to refill.

Stress is part of our daily lives, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when you feel mentally and physically drained from time to time. It is just a matter of effective management to ensure that feeling stressed out won’t affect your work and personal life.