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5 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your Contacts

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 | Permalink

Contact lenses are worn for various reasons: fashion purposes, eye treatments or just for fun look such as Halloween costumes. Whatever your purpose is for wearing them, it’s important to take good care of them to keep your eyes safe. Here are some common mistakes people make with their contact lenses.

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1.       Swimming or Showering With Them

Ophthalmologists always advise to keep your contact lenses away from the water, including pool water, to avoid potentially blinding infection caused by the microorganism Acanthamoeba. Parasites and bacteria in the water can get caught under your lenses, too, which can cause painful infection that will likely require long and complex treatment.

2.       Using Tap Water to Wash Them

Even more dangerous than swimming with contacts on is cleaning your lenses using tap water. Even if the water is pure enough to drink, it is not sterile. Tap water may also contain Acanthamoeba, so soaking your lenses in water straight from the faucet is an invitation to serious infection. Contact lenses come with their own solution, so make use of it whenever you need to clean and store them.

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3.       Using the Lens Case for Too Long

Your lens case should be cleaned thoroughly with lens solution every day, and must be replaced with new one every month. And don’t cut corners by popping your lens case in the dishwasher together with your used dishes. There are food particles and dish soap residues in there that may end up on your case and make their way to your lens. Simply clean the lens case with solution and let it try overnight.

4.       Wearing the Lens Past Their Expiry Date

Most contact lens users are guilty of keeping their contacts longer than recommended span of time. This is similarly hazardous to an old lens case. Old contacts tend to collect germs, proteins and solution residues over time. This makes the lenses feel itchy and uncomfortable to the eyes, which may lead to infection.

5.       Sleeping With Contacts On

Although some contact lens manufacturers claim that it’s okay to sleep in their lenses, ophthalmologists never recommend this. The cornea, the outermost layer of your eye that the lens covers, needs oxygen. Wearing lenses deprives the eye of oxygen, and sleeping in them worsens the problem. Overnight wear can cause discomfort and irritation, or worse infection.

Before purchasing your next pair of contact lenses, make sure to keep these common mistakes in mind and follow professional advises for optimum eye health.

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Online Classes worth Taking to Boost Your Career

Friday, April 29th, 2016 | Permalink

Regardless of where you’re at in your career, learning new things will surely help you. But like most things, learning a new and unique skill is easier said than done – unless all the resources are given to you. Today, we’re doing just that. To ensure that you no longer spend hours searching for what to learn and where to learn it, we listed down six online classes from some of the amazing resources across the web.

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1.       For Social Media Marketing – Social Media Superhero (The Nectar Collective)

  • Cost: $37 (S$50.25)

Whether you’re aiming to take your own business to the next level on social media, or you’re managing the social networking pages of your employer, this course is the right choice for you. Big social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Periscope will be covered in this course, and you’ll be taught some impactful strategies on how you can use each outlet. In this course, you’re sure to walk away with useful information other than a detailed description of how you can login to your Twitter page.

2.       For Programming – Introduction to Web Development: HTML (Udemy)

  • Cost: $9 (S$12.22)

Programming is one of the skills most of us wished to have bothered learning earlier on. Luckily, it’s never too late to get started. This course provided by Udemy is designed for beginners, so you don’t have to worry about feeling lost as soon as you start learning. Although you won’t immediately learn how to design flawless websites, these lessons will surely arm you with the basics that you’ll need to take the more advanced steps in programming.

3.       For Project Management – Project Management: The Basics for Success (Coursera)

  • Cost: Free

Whether you’re running your own business or working full-time, knowing how to effectively manage projects is crucial. This course will help you develop the skills to efficiently handle the moving parts involved in a project, as well as how to successfully manage and lead a team. Just ensure that you choose the “Audit Only” option to access course materials for free.

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4.       For Photography Basics – The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners (CreativeLive)

  • Cost: $39 (S$52.97)

Although it seems impossible to learn something as creative as photography online, CreativeLive offers a course that allows you to do just that. In this beginner’s course, you’ll be taught how to get familiar with your camera, while learning all the basics of photography (including composition and lighting). It’s a perfect starting point for aspiring photographers before moving on to the more advance courses offered in the site.

5.       For Communication Improvement – Introduction to Public Speak (edX)

  • Cost: Free

Even the best of us get shaky-kneed and sweaty-palmed at the thought of speaking in front an audience. Fortunately, this course will teach you how to develop, and present clear and informative presentations and arguments. The best part? The course also offers an interactive practice for the students!

6.       For Writing Skills Development – Secret Sauce of Great Writing (Udemy)

  • Cost: Free

Writing isn’t as easy as what some people think it to be. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ve had moments where you just sit in front of your computer, and stare at the blinking cursor for half an hour. Throughout this course, you’ll learn all the essentials to a clear and solid writing including simplicity, clarity, and elegance.

Whether you’re working full-time or running your own business, learning new expertise and additional skills are never bad things. So, go ahead and give one or two of the aforementioned courses a try.

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How to Choose a Work-Appropriate Perfume

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 | Permalink

Perfume has the magical ability to refresh the senses and transport the spirit. Getting the right perfume offers comfort during stressful times, and makes you feel like the best version of yourself. In fact, keeping a mini-bottle at hand is like having an emergency aromatherapy on stand-by. However, not all perfume formulas are suited for the workplace. Here, we’ve listed down five important tips on how to choose and apply work-appropriate perfumes.

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1.       Ditch Solid Perfume and Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils, such as those sold at perfume shops and health food stores, have the potential to smell beautiful and complex. However, these perfumes might require persistent reapplication – and who has the time for that? Fragrance oils also present the same problem as wax-based perfumes – careless application of oily and waxy formulas might leave stains on your work ensemble.

2.       Opt for Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Parfum

With concentrations of five percent, 10 percent, and 15-20 percent, these formulations are less concentrated than the actual perfume. EDP is the favourite among perfume aficionados because of its affordable price, and how its fragrance lasts throughout the day. EDC and ETC, on the other hand, are lighter and requires occasional reapplication, but are the perfect choice if you’re only thinking of applying a sheer layer of fragrance.

3.       Reserve Your Sexy Scents for Date Nights

Save your Opium and Shalimar scents for your date nights, since musk-laden and heady scents isn’t suited for the workplace. Instead, opt for perfumes with unobtrusive scents like apple, cinnamon, citrus, cucumber, green tea, mint, white florals, and wood. Try My Daughter Fragrances’ Joyful Eau de Parfum for a crisp blend of jasmine, creamy sandalwood, lime blossom, orange flower, and rose.

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4.       Choose a Scent That Helps You Focus

Since scent preferences differ among individuals, the type of perfume that’ll keep you energized will depend on your taste. Still, there are certain fragrances that offer specific benefits to some people.

Some perfume notes may help improve your work performance. Fragrances like jasmine and floral can increase your reaction time, peppermint may serve as natural memory booster, and eucalyptus might help in waking you up and feeling empathy towards others. Perfume notes of cucumber and green apple can even make a cramped space seem larger. So ensure that you choose fragrances that also suits your focus and relaxation needs.

5.       Be Mindful of How You Spray

If you get used to your perfume over time, there’s a chance you’ll develop the habit of over spraying. You’d want to avoid that at all costs, especially at your workplace since strong fragrances can invade the personal space of others. A touch at the base of the throat, or behind the ears is already enough to retain your perfume’s scent, and keep you smelling fresh throughout the day.

Although perfumes are refreshing to senses, not all formulations can be worn at the workplace. So keep the aforementioned tips in mind to help you in choosing a fragrance that’s work-appropriate.

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Had Too Much Drink to Drive? These Apps, Devices Can Keep You Safe

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | Permalink

Sometimes, you get so drunk that you believe you can still drive. And if you’re lucky, you have a good friend who’ll politely get you a cab instead. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on others all the time, especially when they are as sober as you are. That’s why these apps and devices exist. We all know that that driving when drunk isn’t safe, but f this doesn’t convince you, maybe these apps and devices will.

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1.       Guardian Interlock

If you have serious problem with drunk driving, then this device is the best solution for you. Guardian Interlock has breathalyzer that’s attached to your car’s ignition. You won’t be able to start your car unless you’re legally sober to drive. Although it’s quite expensive, this is definitely worth the money if you need it.

2.       Edison’s Craft Beer BAC Calculator

You can find a ton of blood-alcohol content (BAC) Calculators in the app market, but this one is said to be the most effective among the rest because= it can detect the exact beer you’re drinking with its accurate search tool—you can find pretty much any beer on it. Afterwards, you enter your gender, weight, and the number of hours you have been drinking. Hit the “Calculate BAC” button, and you’ll get your BAC result.

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3.       Alcohoot

So far, this is the coolest BAC device in the market—it transforms your smartphone into a breathalyzer. It is a lot cheaper and better looking than most breathalyzers, and conveniently plugs into your phone’s headphone jack. This tool uses an FDA-approved sensor, the same technology that cops used at DUI checkpoints, to analyze your breath. Another great thing about this technology, it comes a free app to help you understand your BAC and alcohol intake.

4.       Uber

Other than analyzing your BAC, it’s also important to secure a safe ride home when drunk. If you’re too intoxicated to drive, let Uber service take you home. This app allows you to easily book a cab to take you to your destination. You don’t even have to worry about having enough cash on hand as Uber accepts payments via credit card, Google Wallet, and PayPal.

There are so many road accidents caused by drunk driving. If you don’t take precautions, a fun Friday night can turn into a weekend of disaster. Take advantage of these mobile devices and applications the next time you decide to grab a few drinks with friends.

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Seeking Beyond Singapore

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Permalink

Many foreigners consider Singapore because of its affluence. But there are nationals that are seeking beyond Singapore to fulfil their dreams. According to a survey conducted by 2nd year students from Singapore Polytechnic’s Media & Communication course, six out of ten young people have thought about seeking opportunities beyond Singapore. There were about 825 young people aged 15-34 surveyed last June 2013.

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The survey revealed the top reasons for leaving Singapore. The reasons for going overseas include:

Cost of Living

Singapore is indeed an affluent country. It follows that the cost of living here is expensive. If the cost of living is expensive, the people tend to work more so they can keep up with their bills, groceries, education and many more.

More Opportunities Abroad

Young people seek a more comfortable and affluent life. Some cannot find that here in Singapore so they are looking beyond. There are other countries that have better life and more opportunities. Young Singaporeans are willing to try their luck in other countries.

Slow Pace of Life

If you observe the people here in Singapore, they are always in a rush. They always rush to go to work and go home. These people ignore or disregard other things that can make them happy because they are always hastening. Young people are looking into a slower pace of life so they can have time to enjoy even the littlest of things.

There is nothing wrong if you seek for better opportunities beyond Singapore. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to seek out what makes you happy and do your best to achieve it. Good luck!     

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Unity Amidst Cultural Diversity

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 | Permalink

Singapore is home to different cultures, communities and religions. The peaceful coexistence and respect are evident here. If you are wondering why, it is recommended that you visit ethnic quarters to see and experience their way of life. You can begin with:

Malay Culture

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Malays are the original inhabitants of Singapore but today, they represent the second largest ethnic group. Malays speak the Johore Riau dialect. The majority of Malays here are Sunni Muslims. They pray to Allah five times a day and they observe fasting every Ramadan. They only eat halal foods. Famous festival includes Hari Raya Puasa. If you want to see their arts and have some shopping, you should head to their district-the Kampong Glam.

Peranakan Culture

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Peranakan refers to the descendants of Chinese merchants who migrated to Malay Archipelago. Pernakan culture refers to the mixture of Malay and Chinese traditions. Pernakans enjoy tasty, spicy and aromatic foods like Nyonya dishes. You can go to Pernakan Museum to learn more about their traditions and customs. If you want a realistic one, head to Joo Chiat and Katong.

Indian Culture

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Indians are the third largest ethnic group here in Singapore. Almost half of the Indian population here is Hindu with more than 30 Hindu temples spread across the country. Hindus celebrate Deepavali or fondly known as Festival of Lights or Diwali, Indian New Year and Thaipusam. If you want to see the community, you can always visit Little India.

Regardless of your ethnicity, you are welcome in every festival or gatherings. You will now understand why Singapore is the melting pot of cultures. After your visit, you will surely appreciate every culture and you will see how each culture contribute to the development of the nation. Go out from your ethnic group and discover the camaraderie of other groups.

Things You Should Know about Mobile Health Screening

Sunday, July 7th, 2013 | Permalink

Mobile health screening has become a trend today. In Singapore, most business establishments offer corporate health screening by inviting a screening team to their location and run several screening tests to every employee. The team involves certified medical doctors and health technicians to ensure legitimate results from the overall screening procedure. However, there are still some people who are completely unaware of what mobile health screening is and how it works.

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1. “Mobile” means moving
Mobile screenings has moving locations for two reasons: to reach rural areas and to accommodate private health screenings. The team travels to different locations in a specially-equipped automobile that contains all the screening equipment. This is the best option a screening establishment can offer to business establishments who want to give their employees an annual health screening program without the hassle of bringing everyone to the screening location. Mobile screening is also used to conduct free screening programs in hard-to-reach locations, like in rural areas or in areas affected by calamities.

2. Are held in convenient community locations
Mobile screenings are held in different convenient locations. Public buildings, community centres, gyms, and even churches can serve as a screening location. The health screening Singapore event is announced weeks in advance to let the community residents know what, when, and where the health screening will take place. Many participants appreciate and prefer screening tests that are held in places they are familiar with, rather than in a clinic or doctor’s office.

3. It covers multiple types of diseases
Mobile screenings include complete health screening packages, like what medical institutions in Singapore offer. They have screenings for hepatitis, urine, cholesterol, HIV, blood, and many more as part of their health screening packages.

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4. It is more affordable
Mobile screenings are more affordable than the usual doctor’s-office setup. It is cheaper because fewer facilities are used and everything runs on battery not like in a doctor’s office where everything has to run on electricity.

Mobile screening is a medical advancement invented by health screening establishments to reach out to different kinds of people who are conscious with their wellbeing. They provide legitimate screening procedures by professional doctors in an affordable price. Most importantly, the screening allows everyone to find out potential life-threatening diseases and, if found one, will be able to cure them. The easy-accessible screening will not only save your pocket from financial breakdown, but will also save your family from lifetime heartbreak.

Importance of a Wedding Planner

Monday, May 13th, 2013 | Permalink

It is after marrying his partner that a man starts on a new life raising a family fulfilling his obligations. Wedding ceremony therefore holds great significance in the life on an individual, which is why wedding planning and having a wedding planner are also very important. This is where a wedding planner comes into picture. Wedding planning requires a professional who has the expertise to plan and execute events as per planning. In Singapore alone, couples may find a wedding planner who has attained the status of a celebrity given their demand in the wedding market.

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Why take risk of holding the event on your own

It is a fact that girls dream about their wedding for a longtime and when it is just round the corner, it is the endeavor of every girl to make sure that there are no mistakes and flaws in the entire ceremony and the event passes off smoothly. Now, planning a massive event like a wedding is no joke as people have found before you. Those like wedding planner singapore who are successful in organizing and executing everything as per their liking are those who start early and hand over specific tasks to other people. Manpower is the key to efficient planning, and execution of a huge event like marriage requires a lot of time and effort.

When it is your own marriage, there are hundred other thoughts on your mind and it becomes impossible to concentrate upon just holding the event smoothly. People in Singapore say that handling a marriage has become very difficult these days with some nerve wrecking situations and circumstances cropping up just before the event causing a lot of stress for the family. This is why it has become common these days for people in Singapore to hand over the task of wedding planning and executing a marriage ceremony to a wedding planner.

Wedding planners have the time and manpower to deliver the results

Right from the selection of the wedding venue to decoration of the wedding car and finalizing the menu to printing and distribution of wedding cards, there are thousands of hurdles in the path of someone who takes up the challenge of wedding planning. Just selection of a marriage dress and getting it stitched is one job that is easier said than done. The same applies to every job that is a part of a wedding ceremony. But saving time and effort is not the only advantage that accrues to a person when he appoints a marriage planner.

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Being in the profession of wedding planning and executing events, a wedding planner in Singapore can help their clients actually save on money while holding the event meticulously. This is because of their connections in all trades associated with marriages as they can get the work done in reduced rates. A professional wedding planner would start early to be able to pull off all mini ceremonies as well as the grand event of reception.

They know that selection of cards and getting them printed is only the first step in wedding planning but this task alone is enough to give one an impression why a wedding planner is able to conduct every event so successfully. These professionals know that sending invitations early gives invitees time to confirm their presence at the ceremony and arrange tickets to come to the place of the bride and the groom. Because of the importance of hiring a wedding planner in Singapore and it makes sense to hand over your responsibility and the worries to a professional to be able to enjoy the function in a relaxed manner.