The Best Survival Video Games

September 16th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

The number of post-apocalyptic and zombie movies and books may be finally dwindling, but shooting the undead or invading alien species can be fun if you’re bored. Some of these titles do not require any skill except how fast you can point and shoot, but others need more resourcefulness from gamers.

Here are the best survival games you should try.

The Forest (2014)

As the title suggests, the game is set in a forest island where the player controls one of the characters who survived a plane crash. The goal is to survive as long as possible using the meagre supplies all over the forest, while avoiding the cannibals.

7 Days to Die (2013)

Set after a nuclear world war, the player controls one of the survivors of by scavenging for supplies in a wasteland populated by zombies. Sounds easy, right? The zombies, however, get stronger as the days pass especially at night.

State of Decay (2013)

This survival game challenges the player not as a lone survivor, but as part of a group scavenging for limited resources in a zombie-infested land. This means setting up defenses against the attackers, but also managing group problems with the other survivors.

Minecraft (2011)

This is a different take on the word survival, because you will be dropped in a generated world where you decide what you want to do with your character. You can either build, create, explore, gather resources, or fight creatures.

Sheltered (2016)

Another post-apocalyptic game, the player must help a family survive in an underground facility threatened by starvation and radiation poisoning.

Don’t Starve (2013)

In the game, the player controls Wilson, who finds himself in an unfamiliar world populated by supernatural elements who are after him. At daytime, Wilson must gather resources to survive the terrors of the night.

Terraria (2011)

Another sandbox game, Terraria includes features such as crafting and building besides the usual formula of exploration plus combat. Completing goals means attracting more characters in player-built areas.

Rust (2013)

This multiplayer-only game will challenge players to gather and craft items in the area by commencing the adventure with only two items in hand; a torch and a rock. You may choose to join clans later to hunt animals and craft more items.

Stranded Deep (2015)

The player controls a character who crashed in an island in the Pacific and must try to survive using the resources of the ocean. What makes this game even more challenging is the cap on the number of items that your character is allowed to carry.

This War of Mine (2014)

The game is inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War of the early 90s and explores the effects of the conflict on the affected civilians. The decisions made in the game lead to different endings.

What Happens During an Appendectomy

September 16th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Appendectomy is the name of the procedure that involves the removal of an inflamed or swollen appendix. Although common, it’s considered an emergency procedure because failure to remove the appendix can be life-threatening when it bursts.

Appendicitis Symptoms

Appendectomy is performed when the patient shows signs of appendicitis, which usually includes the following symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, painful urination, frequent urination, tenderness on the McBurney’s point, and pain in the bellybutton area or the lower part of the abdomen.

The appendix is inflamed due to bacterial infection and a buildup of pus, bacteria, stool, mucus, or a foreign body.

Appendectomy Procedures

Patients who are about to undergo appendectomy are given instructions about the procedure. The inflamed appendix must be removed within 48 to 72 of the appearance of the symptoms and is treated as an emergency surgery. The individual is advised not to eat anything 8 hours before the procedure and is given medications and antibiotics through an IV drip.

The patient will be under anesthesia during the procedure, which might last up to an hour.

These are two types of appendectomy performed today:

  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy – This procedure uses a laparoscope (video camera) inside the patient’s body through a small incision. Carbon dioxide gas is used to make your abdomen swell, then the camera will locate the appendix so that small incisions can be made in the area to remove the appendix. This procedure, however, can cause more pain and scarring than open appendectomy.
  • Open Appendectomy – The surgeon creates an incision in the abdomen to look for the appendix, which is then tied and cut off from the large intestine. If the appendix ruptures, the abdomen is washed with salt water.

After the procedure, the appendix is sent to a laboratory for testing, then the incisions are closed with stitches.

Recover and Complications

Although the complications of both types of procedures are minor, there is still a risk of infection, bleeding, inflammation, blocked bowels, and injury to other organs. In some cases, peritonitis or the rupture of the appendix can occur during surgery and will cause infection and swelling.

Laparoscopic appendectomy has a shorter recovery time. You will be given medications if there is pain and will be allowed to eat food a few hours after the procedure.

You should watch out for any of the following symptoms while recovering: fever and chills, drainage and bleeding, pain, vomiting and loss of appetite, inability to hold down food, cramps and belly pain, watery diarrhea for three days or no bowel movement for two days, and shortness of breath. Follow-up checkups are required within the next 2 weeks to determine if you are recovering well.

You might also need to stay away from strenuous activities for four to six weeks until the doctor tells you you’ve fully recovered.

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.