20 Flowering Plants for a Small Garden

October 12th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

Besides herbs, flowers are the best type of plants to care for in your small garden in Singapore. They don’t need a lot of space and attention, but they can add color in your dull surroundings.

Here are some of the most common flowers you can care for in your garden.

Anthurium can be grown using seeds, tissue culture, vegetative reproduction or fertilization. It can grow on different soil types that can retain a lot of water, but in a pot with good drainage.

Bougainvillea is drought-resistant and can grow in any type of soil with good drainage and adequate sunlight.

Canna Durban does not multiply fast like other related types and will tolerate almost any soil type. It can also thrive in humid and dry weather and under the direct heat of sunlight.

Celosia has several seeds that will grow fast in your plant box and that will need full sunlight and moist soil.

Chamomile thrives in full sunlight and sandy, moist soil. However, it needs regular watering to grow healthy.

Chrysanthemum requires full sunlight and has a long flowering period. It doesn’t need a lot of water and can be grown by transplanting seeds.

Dahlia has tubers for roots, which can grow big depending on the amount of nutrients it gets daily.

Daisy can thrive in full sunlight and in moist, but well-drained soil. It’s also a low-maintenance plant.

Dianthus need at least 6 hours of sunlight to thrive and alkaline soil. When watering the dianthus, try to limit the water on the base without getting the foliage wet, because it’s prone to mildew.

Geranium also need a lot of light and soil with equal amounts of peat, perlite, and earth.

Impatiens needs humus-rich soil and must be placed in areas away from the wind. The flower bed must have enough space, too.

Lavender needs 6 hours of sunlight in a soil with a pH of 7 or 8. It also thrives in dry conditions, so make sure that the soil has proper drainage.

Marigold can withstand hot weather and grows in almost any soil type, but you should use a soil-based mix if you’re planning to plant it in a flower box.

Morning Glory needs a lot of sunlight and moderately-fertile soil. Don’t place it in areas where it will be exposed to dry wind.

Orchid Family are known for their resiliency, but each orchid has specific needs depending on their light sensitivity and the growing media.

Pansy flowers need well-prepared acidic soil with compost in a deep planting box.

Petunia can thrive even in hot and dry soil, but you should water it every few days and use fertilizers.

Rose requires at least 1 inch of water every week, but you have to watch out for fungal diseases.

Snapdragon should be placed in areas with partial shade and adequate water.

Sunflower needs a lot of sunlight and can grow in any soil type. You have to harvest the seeds before they fall out, however, because it’s toxic to grass.

Types of Paint to Use for Your House

October 12th, 2019 by Editor | Permalink

The paint for the exterior and interior of your house is not just used to decorate and add color to the spaces, but it also protects the surfaces from the elements.

Most paints are categorized into two different types, water-based and oil-based, but you can’t just paint on the surface right away, because you need base coats first before the application of the finish coats.

Here are the things you need to know before choosing the paint and painting materials.

Categories of Paint

There are different products used for the interior and the exterior of the house, but if you want the paint to last long, designers recommend the oil-based paint for the exterior and water-based paint for the interior walls.

Oil-Based Paint – This type of paint dries slowly, but it gives a shiny finish and it’s more durable than water-based paints.

Water-Based Paint – This type of paint evaporates and dries quickly, but will not produce a shiny finish and is not as durable as oil-based paint.

Latex – This is just another name for water-based paint, but the product does not contain latex at all.

Enamel – This is another name for oil-based paint and comes in either semi-gloss and gloss finishes. Enamel is recommended for exterior surfaces because of its durability and hardness.

Acrylic – This is also a name for water-based paints, but unlike latex, it has an acrylic binding agent. It comes in enamel, latex, and latex enamel forms.

Specialty Paints – These are paints that include additives such as fire retardants, anti-mold, and anti-mildew, anti-condensation, and other properties.

Base Coats

Primer acts as a protection for surfaces that have not been painted on yet. The primer for masonry and plaster uses latex diluted with water, while tiles use special primers.

First Coat is applied in one or two coats before the finish coats are painted to build up the latter’s opacity.

Finish Coats

Flat is a porous type of paint that will not reflect any light. It can be used to hide flaws on the walls and other surfaces, but it should not be painted on doors, floors, and windows because it isn’t durable.

Eggshell creates a shiny surface, but it’s not as smooth as satin. It can be applied with a single coat and is easy to use if you want to paint the walls yourself.

Matte doesn’t produce any shine, but it takes several coatings to create a solid color. Matte enamel is a more durable variety that is easier to clean and retouch than the matte paint.

Gloss paint is the most durable type and creates a shiny look on the surface because it reflects a lot of light. Use this only on surfaces that need details, because you don’t want your home to look like a plastic doll house.

Satin isn’t glossy or flat and is more durable than the latter. It can be used on doors, floors, and windows.

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.