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.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Essential Oils for Your Body

September 25th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Essential oils are taken by distilling plants whose oils can have certain therapeutic properties. The process uses different parts from different kinds of plants, such as roots, leaves, stems, and even the flowers and tree bark.
These oils can either be used by themselves or as a base for a perfume, and are often either topically applied on the skin or inhaled as a fragrance (this makes them widely used for aromatherapy).

When used properly, essential oils are not just relaxing, but also boost your immune system and relieve headaches and stress that comes after a long day’s work, which makes them great to have for your home or office in Singapore.

Do’s
If you know how to use essential oils the right way, they can actually have benefits for you. Here are a few ways that they should be completely okay for you to use:

• Try it if you’re anxious. Even though they won’t take all your stress away, essential oils such as those made from lavender and chamomile can work wonders in helping to keep you calm and relaxed.

• Tell your doctor. As much as possible, your doctor should know if you are using essential oils especially if you happen to be taking medications – essential oils and medications can sometimes cause allergic reactions to occur.

• Toss out old oils. Because of how long they have been exposed to oxygen in the air, essential oils also have a shelf life and you should toss them out if they haven’t been used for more than three years.

Don’ts
There are also ways that don’t allow these essential oils to work their benefits onto your body but instead cause adverse effects, such as the following:

• Rub them anywhere. While you can rub certain oils on your arms and legs, they may not be safe to apply to your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Some examples of these include lemon and peppermint oils.

• Trust buzzwords. Certain natural substances can be irritating and cause allergic reactions, even if the label says it’s “pure”. To be safe, test the oil out by applying a small amount onto a small area of your skin to see how your body will respond.

• Use them on injured or inflamed skin. Unwanted skin reactions can happen when you’re not diluting your oils, and this can especially be dangerous on injured or inflamed skin.

But perhaps the most important thing you want to consider when using essential oils is the age – children under the age of 1 and pregnant women may get allergic reactions to certain oils. Before using essential oils at home or in your office, always be sure to consult your doctor.

How to Make Your Own Essential Oils in 5 Simple Steps

September 25th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Essential oils have been used for a long time, and if you’ve ever tried to use them at least once, you know that they can be quite expensive, especially if they have certain antibacterial and antiviral properties.

While they are similar to fragrance oils, the difference between the two is that fragrance oils simply imitate the smell, while essential oils are the plant’s essence concentrated and have more benefits.

Fortunately, you don’t always have to spend a lot to get the oils you want. With the right know-how, you can make your own oils for your own use at home anytime, anywhere.

On Choosing Plants
You can use a good number of garden-variety herbs when it comes to making your own essential oil. Some types of plants you can use for making oils include peppermint, rose, and even lemon.

These aromatic oils are made from different plant parts, and the best way to make sure you get as much of the extract that you can is by chopping them. Ideally, you want 3-4 cups of chopped plant materials to get you started.

In addition to the chopped up plants, here are the supplies you need to make your own essential oils:
• Crock pot with a cover
• Water
• Time

The Process of Making Essential Oils
1. Place the chopped-up plant material in the crock pot and add distilled water (it should fill up to ¾ the crock pot. Cover the pot with the lid upside-down and place the crock on the stove.

2. Heat the water on high, and turn it down to low once the water starts to get hot. When the setting is on low, leave the crock to simmer on the low setting for three to four hours.

3. Once the plant material has cooked down after simmering, turn off the heat and let it cool down enough before placing the contents into the refrigerator (you can transfer the plant material and the water if the crock pot doesn’t fit) and leaving it overnight.

4. Take the pot out the next morning and carefully lift the fond. This fond is the oil that you want, and it will melt down quickly if you’re not quick enough. Place this in a properly labeled bottle and seal it.

5. If there is a bit of liquid-based fluid on the bottom, you can heat the oil on a gentle simmer for a short amount of time to allow that liquid to turn to steam and separate. Once it’s separated, store it in a colored glass container in a cold, dark place. Doing this will help to keep the oil in good condition for as long as possible.

What a Smart Traveller Shouldn’t Wear to the Airport

August 16th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

We are always on a pursuit of sporting a trendy #ootd in every destination, whether it’s just the office or the airport. And while we have done enough travelling to know what’s appropriate and what’s not at the airport, there are still a few things we can learn from more frequent travellers. Here are surprisingly common things many women wear to airports but shouldn’t be.

1. Maxi Skirts and Dresses
If you hate the idea of getting patted down, then wearing a skirt or dress—whether short or long—is not the best outfit for you, since the airport officer will have to closely check that you’re not hiding anything under that skirt. Your easiest way to go: jeans or leggings.

2. Lace-Up Footwear
This one is a no-brainer. While your lace-up sandals and knee-high buckled boots have earned hundreds of likes and hearts on Facebook and Instagram, it likely won’t make your co-passengers happy when it’s causing you to hold up a long line just trying to remove them. Keep it easy for everyone by wearing slip on sneakers or basic ballet flats instead.

3. Cargo Shorts or Pants
Other than fussy footwear, cargo shorts and pants are one of the most difficult clothing pieces at the airport. Every pocket can set off the alarm, because most likely it always has something in each pocket. Even when the officer reminds you to remove everything from your pockets, there are always some keys or coins that you forgot to remove form a hidden pocket.

4. Lots of Jewelleries
Metal jewelleries and accessories will always alarm the metal detector. One of the most common item that causes delay is the Cartier Love bracelet as this luxe bracelet can only be removed using a screwdriver.

5. Voluminous Clothing Pieces
While you may opt to wear the bulkiest coat you have instead of fitting it inside your luggage, it can be a cause of alarm when passing through the airport security. Your bulky clothing item can raise warning flags as you might be hiding something in there. Again, keep it basic and simple, otherwise you will have to go the extra screening to get through the airport security.

We get it—it’s fun to dress up. But save your ootds when you get to your destination. When heading to the airport, you can still look stylish without holding up long lines or getting yourself into security troubles by keeping your outfit chic and simple.

Giving Back: The Dos and Don’ts of Donating

August 16th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

It’s always nice to be generous. It’s even nicer for your home as you de-clutter and get rid of things you no longer use. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when rummaging your closet for clothes and items to stock up on your donation pile.

DO inspect every piece of clothing
You went through every drawer and section of your closet, and have a huge pile of clothing waiting to be donated. Before bagging up these items, make sure to inspect each of the pieces to ensure they are in good condition. Check every pocket for coins or trash, make sure there’s no missing button and free of rips, stains and damages.
DO also donate entertainment materials

Your tastes for entertainment may change. If you are overloaded with magazines, books, DVDs, video games and audiotapes that no longer interest you, share the joy these items bring by donating them to those in need. Got an old but still function radio or DVD player? They are all acceptable for donations as well.

DO donate not just clothes
Clothes are the most common household items that people donate. However, toys, framed pictures, stuffed animals, small power tools, baskets, ornaments, sports equipment, glassware, silverware, utensils, blankets, pillows, curtains and exercise equipment are equally good as well—as long as they are in good condition.

DON’T donate awfully outdated clothing styles
This means, no shoulder pads and bell-bottom jeans. Clothing pieces are generally considered to be “in style” if they are purchased within the last five years. The classic closet staples, like plain tees, little black dress and button down shirts, never goes out of style. Avoid items that are obviously outdated. If you wouldn’t want to wear a particular style or piece of clothing, chances are no one else will either.

DON’T donate larger appliances
While a functioning radio and TV are okay for donation, refrigerators, stoves and freezers should go on the ‘do not donate’ pile for safety and health reasons. Second-hand appliances are difficult to guarantee that they are still safe to use. Rather than donating these major appliances, call a local trash collector company and arrange for safe disposal of these items.

DON’T donate used undergarments
Your clothes are welcome for donations, but skip donating thongs, panties, bras, girdles and briefs. Instead, add in some hats, ties, scarves and accessories like wallets, purses and belts. Although there are a few organizations that accept clean underwear donations, not many find these items appropriate.

Now that you know the dos and don’ts of donating, start looking around your room and closet for gently used treasures you’re ready to let go of.