7 Must-Try Dishes in SG if You Love Spicy Food

April 27th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

The Singaporean palate is made just for this type of flavor as far as the locals are concerned. You aren’t a true local if you can’t stand this throbbing tang, and for tourists this is some sort of rite of passage when you come visit the place.

This is one flavor we can’t stand but still can’t resist to indulge in. Panting like we just ran a mile with beads of sweat trickling on our backs, we can’t seem to say no to this treat which we always have the hots for.

1. Pan Mee
This dish originating from Kuala Lumpur is spiced up with dry chili flakes that’s slow-roasted to achieve just the right flavor. It’s optional though, so you have to figure out whether or not to have flakes on your serving. The dish typically has a mix of crisped ikan bilis, meatballs, fried scallion and minced meat.

2. Tom Yum Soup
Whoever said that spice always comes in the color red is so wrong in all the right ways. Singaporean food proves that looks can be very deceiving, even costing you the surprise of ingesting a very spicy dish. The Tom Yum soup is light in color, speculated to have originated from Thailand. It is often served simmering hot, to preserve its flavor that’s both sour and spicy at the same time.

3. Laksa
Literally meaning “spicy sand” in Chinese, this dish is known to have originated from the Pernakan culture. It has dried prawns that’s grounded to achieve that granular texture smoothened by its coconut-based soup. Its red tint gives your forewarning about what to expect when you prepare to take a bite.

4. Sate Ayam
Known to have originated from Indonesia, this is a dish coated with sweet soy sauce with a tinge of spicy hot peanut sauce. The main star of the dish is typically charcoal-grilled and twigged-through, so it’s handy and can be enjoyed even while walking around or sitting at table.

5. Mee Goreng
There are more variants of this dish but since we’re on our spicy list, we’ll stick with the Indian version which will leave you sweating profusely. Thanks to the chili sauce, ketchup and green chili, you’ll sweat bullets while munching on this one. It has fried noodles with egg and seafood, with the right blend of sweet, salty and spicy.

6. Indian Curry
Indians have this knack for spice and it seemingly has influenced Singapore as well. There are various versions of this tangy dish, and it depends on your mood or your tolerance to spiciness. The Machichi Curry is for those looking to break a sweat while dining and the Makhani Chicken Tikka is for those craving for a more creamy taste.

7. Roti Prata
Let’s not mistake this seemingly innocent dish, as its dip is always sets our palates ablaze. With different choices like fish, curry or chicken gravy, this dish totally has that kick we all want in our food.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Body Hydrated

April 27th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

In this day and age where almost everything is done in an instant, it’s always hard to keep up even with the most basic things. Sleep is a luxury, and eating is almost a second priority. With schedules that are too tight for their own good, we have to maintain a healthy routine along with it. Or else, our unhealthy lifestyle will eventually take its toll on our bodies and the price to pay isn’t something we can afford.

Here are some ways for us to stay hydrated even in the busiest of schedules:

1. Drink up
Look here, since this bit of information is just so common we somehow take it for granted. Drink up, and not just any beverage we first take a hold of in the fridge. Water. Drink up plenty and plenty of water. Not only is it the most important nutrient among all the others, it also serves as solvent for essential bodily reactions.

In addition, it also helps maintain good circulation and maintain body temperature. So before you reach for that next can of soda, keep in mind how many glasses of water you’ve had for the day. There’s no harm in adding an extra glass or two.

2. Avoid alcohol
If you’re planning to hit the gym or to just have that jog you’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now, avoid alcohol the day before. Avoid exercising with a hangover as this is both dangerous and could just lead to even more dehydration.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables
This hits a memory, doesn’t it? Growing up, we’ve all been reminded to finish our vegetables at meal time, and to eat a fruit or two after. Guess our stubbornness wasn’t worth it. It has been proven that fruits and vegetables contain varying levels of water and of course, the important nutrients such as potassium among others. Eat at least five cups each day, and you’re good to go.

4. Monitor fluid loss
This can be done by checking the color of your urine. Before hitting the flush, check whether you’ve been hydrated that day or not. You could still catch up on your eight glasses as long as you haven’t called it a day yet. If well-hydrated, your urine should be pale yellow, not dark. Also, it shouldn’t be too smelly or cloudy.

5. Replace fluid or sodium losses
This can be done through eating watery foods that contain just the right amount of salt coupled with potassium. Soup and vegetable juices can do the trick.

Cliché as it sounds but health is wealth. No one can afford the price to pay once health deteriorates and decides it’s had enough. So before anything unfortunate happens, keep those hydrates where they’re supposed to be.

Smart Consumer Tips in Buying Fresh Produce

March 22nd, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Sometimes, the mere appearance of produce can trick us into buying them without even ensuring their freshness. It is a sad surprise to cut into your freshly-brought fruit only to find out that it’s brown, unripe, or bruised. To prevent this from happening (especially because produce generally do not have a return policy), you need to familiarize yourself with what to look for.

With some fruits, you can already determine their ripeness merely based on color, while others require a touch or a light squeeze. Being a smart consumer doesn’t happen overnight. There are lots of tips you should know. Here are some of them:

1. When buying pineapples, look for one which has a golden color. Also, ensure that the fruit has a sweet scent. If it does not give off any scent at all, it is likely still unripe. If it smells a little vinegary, chances are it’s overripe.

2. Ripe eggplants are never soft. In buying eggplants, look for ones that are elastic and tight when you put pressure on the fruit by giving it a light squeeze. (Yes, technically, eggplants are fruits.) Its skin must also be dark in color and should have no evident blemishes or scars.

3. Fresh watermelon sounds hollow and often feels heavy. If a watermelon is heavy, it indicates the fruit is full of water hence it is likely ripe. Tap on the watermelon lightly and ensure it sounds hollow – as the sound it produces is another indicator of ripeness. Don’t forget to check with the underside of a watermelon as well: a light or yellow spot on the bottom indicates that the watermelon is ready to eat.

4. In searching for ripe tomatoes, conduct a touch test. Fresh tomatoes are not usually indicated by its color alone. The best way to ensure its ripeness is to test it by touching, and if it slightly yields to your touch, it is guaranteed that the tomato is at its optimal ripeness. Any less would mean it would take a couple of days more for the tomato to ripen.

5. Strawberries taste as good as they smell. This comes in handy when you are browsing through strawberries at the fruit section in the grocery. You can determine ripe strawberries through its scent, as it smells exactly as you want it to taste. If the fruit is odorless, it probably doesn’t taste much. Strawberries are also ideally bright red in color and is free of any blemishes.

Wild Asian Delicacies for Your Next Food Trip

March 22nd, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

There is no denying how Asian cuisine is remarkably rich. From different kinds of dim sum, Korean barbeque, sushi, and spiced curry – each meal is truly a gastronomic delight. The splendor doesn’t stop there though. As there is a wide variety in the choices of dishes, there are also some wild, bizarre Asian food delicacies which prove to be a challenge even among the brave of heart.

Balut – This delicacy is native to the Philippines. It is quite like your ordinary hard-boiled eggs, save for the fact that the eggs are half-fertilized. So instead of finding yellow yolk, you will instead find a partially developed duck/chicken embryo. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac and is often eaten as a side snack to accompany a cold beer.

Drunken shrimp – Love shrimp? Then this Chinese dish is a must-try. Alive pieces of shrimp are drunk, in a sense that they are marinated in a pool of strong liquor. The presence of alcohol effectively slows down the shrimp’s movements. The trick to eating this dish is to remove the shrimp’s head first before you shove its wriggling body in your mouth.

White ant eggs – Considered as another wild Asian delicacy, this dish is common among streets and hawker stands in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. It is often served in the form of a soup – where it is a mix of baby ants, partial embryos, and their eggs. When the eggs pop in the mouth, it is said to release a sharp, sour taste.

Fish sperm (Shirako) – Yes, you read that right. This dish, commonly called in Japan as Shirako, is made of a fish’s male genitalia which still contains the fluids. It is served across the country, popularly in sushi bars and pubs. It is a flavorful dish which is considered close to the heart of the locals.

Tuna eyes – This local Japanese delicacy consists entirely of tuna eyes, which can be either served raw or steamed. If your palate is looking for flavor – you can also flavor the dish with soy sauce or a bit of garlic.

Fried tarantula – This Cambodian delicacy is not for the faint of heart. Eating tarantulas began during a long period of food shortage under the Khmer Rouge. Fried tarantulas are noted to be crispy, with white meat which apparently tastes like that of chicken or cod meat.

Raw horse meat – Raw horse meat, or Basashi, is horsemeat served raw (like sashimi slices). It often comes with vegetables or rice on the side. For a fuller burst of flavors, others even eat it with ranch dressing.

Unproductive Habits to Avoid

February 19th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Habits are what make us. Although we don’t define ourselves by our mistakes, we generally still define ourselves with what we do. If we look at it in a broader sense, even work is a habit! Now as the famous line goes, “garbage in garbage out” which means that the habits that are sown together define our lives altogether.

Imagine being a drunk, that is one of his major habits and that is definitely something that will affect who he is. Now imagine being a surfer, surfing is his habit but it is also what builds him. There are hundreds of healthy habits out there that make us more productive but for this article, we will discuss the certain habits that don’t make you productive or shall we say, make you unproductive.

Here are some of the unproductive habits you need to avoid.

1. Stalling
Stalling something means you are leaving it to be done later which is a terrible habit because once this becomes a habit, the amount of time you then choose to stall increases even more. People who stall things in life end up moving at a slower pace which might even be a hindrance for them to reach their goal in life even if they’ve already made up a plan.

2. Excessive planning
Speaking about planning, did you know that excessive planning is bad for you? How? Because the more you mislead yourself into believing that your plan is incomplete even if it is, the longer it will take for you to get started. Another dangerous thing about excessive planning and why it is so addictive is because of the dopamine release you get when new ideas spark up in your head. Dopamine is released when we feel a sense of completion and fulfillment but if we plan excessively, we end up releasing too much dopamine that we become satisfied with just planning instead of actually doing what we have to do.

3. Doubts
Having doubts is like sitting on a rocking chair. It moves back and forth but doesn’t get you anywhere. When doubts begin to flood your head, anxiety starts to creep in which breeds more thoughts and instead of narrowing your focus to the task at hand, you end up broadening your vision which might then include things that aren’t even necessary. At least 60% of the doubts we have do not happen. Another thing about doubts is that it decreases confidence which later on decreases productivity. You can’t be productive if you aren’t confident in what you are doing.

Sometimes it’s not just about the things we don’t do that makes us unproductive, sometimes it’s also about the things which we do wrong.

How to be a Good Student

February 19th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Becoming a good student is definitely something which is not only pleasing to a teachers eye but also something that will greatly reflect on your grades. Getting good grades is a great way to measure your performance in school and is usually the standard on which your career is heading to. Although there are still ways to succeed without getting good grades, the chances are slimmer than those with excellent grades.

Not everybody is cut for the academic lifestyle. Some people even go to the extent of not even giving any form of importance at all towards academics. But for the few who do, they will definitely reap the benefits later on. The journey isn’t easy as you spend most of your early life getting better and better preparing yourself for life after school. But as most people who have extended so much effort in school to the point of suffering say, it was all worth it.

Here are a few ways to become a better student:

1. Don’t be late
Being late or tardy is not just an obvious representation of irresponsibility, it also directly affects your performance by you missing out on the beginning and spending most of your time trying to catch up on what you’ve missed. Obviously, you would not be able to give your full attention towards your subject if you have missed even the first five minutes.

2. Pay attention
Paying attention really helps! Fight the urge to doze off or get distracted by the different people around you. Distractions are everywhere but if you dig your head deeper into your lessons, you’ll learn a whole lot more from a regular class.

3. Study in advance
Ah yes! Studying in advance always helps, not only does this make you more prepared, this helps you digest the following lessons without struggle or hardships. This makes learning easier because it will feel like a review and maybe a little add on to what you already know. Of course, make sure that everything is relevant if you study in advance.

4. Get to know your teachers
Your teachers are people too! You should definitely get to know your teachers. Not only does this give you a better chance to learn more from the lesson by approaching your teacher directly, it is also easier to learn something from someone whom you already know instead of a complete stranger. Think of it this way, would you rather take the advice of a random stranger compare to the advices of your relatives whom you’ve known for years?

There are so many ways to become a better student but these are a few of the easy ones. Perform better at school and see how your grades turn out.