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.

Why You Should Not Regret Spending Money on Travel

July 26th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

There are always justifications not to travel: Busy schedule, fear of flying to dangerous countries and most of all, limited budget! If you’re going to listen to those resounding reasons, you’ll probably not going to make traveling on your list. And chances are you’ll end up with regrets.

One of the most heard excuses for not traveling is to wait until when there’s more money, but this is an ill-advice for some. Karl Pillemer, a Gerontologist, interviewed elderly respondents and putting off traveling is one of the most commonly shared regrets. This too, was backed up by a separate research conducted by the British Heart Foundation where participants were asked to list down the things they wanted to do the most in life, it appeared that traveling the world and living abroad dominated the answers. According to blog.homeaway.sg, making the most of your time is worth the time.

While it’s true that our hard-earned money over the years is so precious, and that it represents our efforts, money itself is just a medium of exchange and of isn’t any value. Truth be told, it is living that actually means something.

It’s about saving up for tomorrow while also creating an exciting way to live and enjoy an enriching life today. Discipline in handling our finances drives our monetary goals but enjoying ourselves with our loved ones is the truest reward we aspire. We want it all, the finances to maintain the lifestyle we desire for the future and the kind of life we want to live now—while we still can, while we are still young, because we all know we won’t be forever.

A vacation isn’t solely about “traveling,” it can mean more than that. It represents time for yourself and with the people you love the most. It’s a bunch of selfies and hilarious shots you take that you can look back on and smile about. It records a memory where nothing else mattered (not even Facebook) in this world but you and your loved ones. It’s straightforward to say waiting to grow old before making that happen is not recommended because by then, it might be too late. You have your health now. With frugal discipline, affordable travel options are possible.

One day, you’ll look back and ask yourself if you made the most of your time on this Earth. When you do, you want to make sure it’s a resounding yes! More than exploring and experiencing something you’ve never had before, it’s about the time that you will never take back.

Refuse to apologize for the money you spare for traveling and for not waiting years to encounter the world firsthand. If you focus too much on saving more money, you might look back and realize you had never truly lived.

6 Reminders to Comfort You in Times of Loneliness

July 26th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Your heart starts beating faster, your body temperature rises, tears are slowly gathering in your eyes, and the stories in your mind are getting out of hand—as though you’re about to see your life and dreams all crashing down under you.

Sometimes, when loneliness takes over, for whatever reason, it can make anyone feel powerless—except that isn’t true. It’s normal and human to feel like this but we are the owners of this feeling, and we have the power to will it away.

When days get a little rough, may these simple and real life reminders comfort you:

1. This too shall pass, and faster if I don’t resist it
It is a wave that you must allow to hit you—ride the current and let it take you somewhere for a little while until it passes. Going against the tide will prolong your struggle; strong waves will eventually spit you out so just go where the flow is and it is going to be alright.

2. Your thoughts hurt you when you allow them to
Thoughts are only what they seem. They do not bear meanings unless you let them. When they visit your head, allow them to come in and go out, but do not fuel them nor make them stay. They are not necessarily your reality and often times, they do not represent it. You have to assert power over them.

3. There is no need for you to have everything figured out right now
You don’t need to figure out everything you are supposed to do or not in your life in one sitting. Take one day at a time, breathe, calm your mind and heart, and then you can make clearer, better decisions. Remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint.

4. Your time will come and never doubt that even for a second
The right circumstances will never skip the person whom they are meant for. You may be struggling about achieving your dreams or due to other things right now, but every person in this world has his own time to shine, you just have to believe your own.

5. You will get out of this and this can make you braver
What pains you is what can actually strengthen you. You can manage whatever happens, it does not matter how many times it hit you, what matters is the fact you choose to stand up every single time—and that is bravery. Remind yourself that you are way stronger now than what you were before.

6. A lot more things are going right
Notice the little things that are going right for you. You are safe, someone loves you, you are not hungry, you are not homeless, and you have a job. Keep this going until you feel the anxiety and tension leaving. As Goh Keng Swee says, to avoid wrong things is to do nothing at all, and that is the ultimate wrong act. Slowly but surely, you can clean up your mind from unwanted thoughts. Count your blessings.

How to Take Care of Your Paintbrushes in 3 Easy Steps

June 27th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

While a paintbrush can be your best friend when it comes to transferring paint from the palette to the canvas, it can be very easy to ruin it if you’re not careful. And because a good one is expensive to replace, you need to be able to take care of it to make it last you a long time.

Fortunately, taking care of your paintbrushes are easy to do, and here’s how you can keep them around for a long time in three easy steps:

1. Do not let acrylic paint dry on a paintbrush.
If there is one thing that you need to know when it comes to keeping your brushes in good condition, it’s that acrylic paint dries very quickly. As much as possible, always keep the brush wet or moist.

Another part of the brush that should not have dried paint on it is the ferrule (the metal part of the brush connecting the bristles to the handle), as it can also result in the brush hairs spreading apart and looking more frayed.

If you’re not planning on using the brush afterwards, wash the paint off and dry the paintbrush on a piece of clean cloth or paper before setting it aside handle-first. This way, you avoid resting weight on the bristles and prevent them from fraying.

2. Don’t leave your paintbrush bristles-first in water.
Because the paintbrush’s weight will be resting on the wet bristles, this pressure combined with the softness of the bristles can result in the latter fraying or getting worn out faster. Even if the hairs don’t bend because the bristles are stiff, the hairs will still spread out and fray the brush, which will make it less effective than before it was left in water.

If you have to switch between brushes in the middle of painting, place the brush you’re not-using on standby in a way that the brush is touching neither the palette nor the tabletop, and the weight of the brush will never rest on the bristles.

For instance, you could lay it flat on the table, or use a brush holder to keep it in place if you don’t like having paint smears all over your workspace. You could even simply just leave it upright handle-first.

3. Don’t throw away ruined brushes!
While this may sound counter-intuitive at first, a ruined or frayed brush can still be useful to you in ways that you don’t expect.

Crusty or frayed brushes, especially if they happen to be expensive ones, can still be used to apply paint on the canvas in a rougher and more expressionistic way, which can be great if you’re planning on doing abstract art. The key is to know how to use them well.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

3 of the Best Coastal National Parks in Singapore

June 27th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

There are many scenic spots in Singapore, but there’s nothing quite like just enjoying your day by the water. There are many things you can do in one of Singapore’s many coastal parks; you can bring a picnic, do some light reading, listen to tunes, or just be with your friends and family. Some parks even offer their own attractions, so there’s always something for you to do. However, with all the coastal parks in Singapore to go to, how do you choose? Here is a short list of coastal parks in Singapore where you can spend a fun-filled time.

1. East Coast Park
We begin our list with the popular East Coast Park. It’s not hard to see why the East Coast Park is well-known; there are many things you can do in this 15km stretch of scenic beaches, so there’s always something for everyone. For those whose idea of fun is in the water, there are a lot of water sports that are available, like cable skiing. For those who would rather stay dry on land, cyclists and rollerbladers can be found in flocks here in East Coast Park. For extreme thrill-seekers, why not try finding your fix at the Xtreme SkatePark?

If you’d rather have something more on the peaceful, tranquil side, you could just stay in one of the many cafes or restaurants located inside the park. You can even a bring your food and drinks out to the beach, so you could chow down while basking in the sun.

2. Labrador Park
For those whose idea of fun involves learning about history and nature, then Labrador Park is perfect for you. There are many historical and natural artifacts found here in Labrador Park, some of them even dating as far back as the Second World War, including an old British Fort called Fort Pasir Panjang.
Nature lovers will also love Labrador Park, with the different species of wildlife that can be found. While you’re there, you can birdwatch for a large variety of bird species, or cook your own dinner on one of the park’s barbeque pits.

3. Pasir Ris Park
If you’re in the mood for something quieter, Pasir Ris Park is the park for you. With all the different activities that you can do in Pasir Ris, this 6km long park is great for a family outing. For example, children can enjoy themselves in the playground where they can spend their time on swings, slides, and a mini maze. Aside from their playground, Pasir Ris also has a mangrove, stables, and a garden. For families who are the real outdoorsy type, you could even go camping in Pasir Ris, provided you acquire a camping permit beforehand.