Nowadays, fast food is the preferred choice, but how safe it is? Sometimes, the industry cut corners to make easy money, and one of those corners is your health. So, before you order your next cheeseburger and fries, here are some fast food facts that you ought to know.
- Fast food is meant to be eaten fast
It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize that you are already full. So the faster you eat your food, the more food you will buy and eat, because your body doesn’t know yet that you’re stuffed.
- Your iced drink is as contaminated as a toilet
Soda machines are particularly complicated to clean—if they are even cleaned. That’s why many restaurants clean them once in a blue moon, allowing bacteria and moulds to form. In a study, results show that 70% of the time, sodas from fast food chains is dirtier than toilets. There are also studies that a drink from a soda machine tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria usually found in human waste.
- There’s no actual grilling
Don’t be fooled by the grill marks found on fast food burgers and chicken slabs. They were purposely marked to make you believe that the food was licked by flames, though the truth is that they were not. The marks were painted with edible dyes or were stamped at the food factory, and then char and smoke flavourings are added to make the illusion more realistic.
- Fast foods look good for long
In a study, a photographer stored a McDonald’s fries and burger in a jar. A couple of months later, the fries and burger still looked edible, while the fries from KFC stored on the same day were already coated with moulds. This is because most fast food chains use a lot of sodium propionate to keep bacteria and mould off the food.
- There’s more in your salad than what you can see
Nowadays, fast food restaurants offer salads. But that doesn’t mean you can name every single ingredient that you can see in it. Did you see propylene glycol in there? Many chains dust their greens with such chemical to keep the greens crisp. The chemical is considered edible—and can also be found in anti-freeze additives and sexual lubricants.
As you can see, fast food chains aren’t as transparent as you think they are. While this may not be the case for all fast food restaurants in Singapore, these five points were reported too often. Do your research and be more observant next time and you might be surprised of the things you’ll learn.
We constantly seek for new experiences to feel alive and that is good. If we do not seek anything worth living, then we are like a broken-winged bird. You should have a list of the things that you want to experience so you can look forward to the future with enthusiasm and excitement.
If you are a foodie, your bucket list of experiences would probably revolve around food tasting not just here in Singapore but around the world. Finding gastronomic delights is a fun experience. In this case, do you fancy a dinner in the sky? Yes, the sky – a first in South East Asia.
Enjoying a four-course meal is something but eating 150 feet off the ground is remarkable. If you want to try eating dinner in the sky while strapped unto seats and enjoying surreal sights, it is time that you head to Malaysia. Malaysia is near so you do not need to spend on flights and accommodations.
Here are the things that you should know about the Dinner in the Sky Malaysia experience:
- What does it cover? For this particular experience, the guest is entitled to an admission to the welcome lounge, a set on the table, a four-course dinner, water and juices.
- Where can you purchase tickets? Please be guided that no agency has the right to sell tickets. Tickets are only sold online. If you want to book, go to their website.
- Who are welcome? People who are above 18 years old, at least 145 cm in height and not more than 150 kg are free to join. Guests should also be in good health. The organizers are discouraging people with heart conditions, pregnant, back and neck problems, recent surgery, broken bones and high blood pressure.
- How many people can be accommodated? For one session, the maximum seating capacity is good for 22 people.
- How long will it last? The dinner will include a dessert package. The experience will take at least an hour. Guests are advised to come early and get prepared. Guests can prepare at the lounge area.
- What will happen if restroom is needed? Organizers are recommending the guests to use the restroom prior to the “lift”. However if there is really a need to use the restroom, table can be lowered and the other guests need to wait.
- What are the dinner schedules? There are two sessions daily – 7PM and 8:30 PM. There is no switching of tickets once you bought it and if you are late, note that your seat will be forfeited not to mention seats are non-refundable.
This out of the world experience costs RM599 per head or about $203. However before heading there, you should at least book so you have sure seats.
Eggs are a common staple here in Singapore because it is a good source of high quality protein. Most protein is found in the whites together with vitamin B2, B12, B6 and D, selenium, iron, zinc and copper. You will find low amounts of cholesterol and fat in the yolk.
All that and it is inexpensive. It is important that you learn how to cook eggs properly so you can maximize its health benefits and or course for tastier eggs. You would want your kids to enjoy eggs. On their own, eggs can be tasteless and boring. It is therefore important that you make it tasty and that all depends on the way you cook it. Here are some cooking mistakes that you commit and it is time to correct it:
- Cracking eggs: You have to crack eggs alright when you need to beat it but what you are doing wrong is cracking it on the side of the bowl. Cracking on the side of the bowl can invite cracked eggshells. Crack eggs on a flat surface instead. Also, crack eggs in a small bowl before adding it to whatever you are creating.
- Poached eggs: The mistake: dropping eggs in steaming water: The common practice is to drop the egg when the water starts to boil. When you do this, you might end up burning fingers and cracking the egg. To be safe, place eggs in cold water before bringing the water to boil. After boiling, let the egg sit for at least ten minutes before giving an ice bath to halt the cooking process. Do not overdo it because overcooking can lead to a sulphurous smell.
- Scrambled eggs: A favourite of many, scrambled eggs are tastier if it is silky. If it is dry, it is hard to feed them to the people around. When you scramble your eggs, just limit the flame to medium and then gently stir it with fork. This will permit curds to form resulting to silky scrambled eggs.
- Over beating eggs: If you love omelettes, avoid over beating the eggs. Before adding the eggs to the pan, you should beat eggs but not to the point of overdoing it. Overbeating will lead to dense and flat omelettes. With enough beating, cream and little water, your omelettes will be fluffy and light.
- Non-stick pans: You do not want brown eggs or eggs sticking on your pan at the end of cooking time. This is time to consider non-stick pans. These pans are easily washable with good quality of egg.
While most of us are constantly trying to shed some weight, there are those whose battle to gain weight is just as real. If it’s the kind of battle you’re currently into, then read on to discover what kinds of food you should eat so you could bulk up in an easy and healthy way.
- Lean Red Meat
Lean red meats are the first things you should eat if you’re planning to gain some weight. Steak, in particular, contains lots of iron and protein necessary for building up some muscles. Opt for cuts like rib-eye, T-bone and New York strip with marbled meat as these cuts are loaded with more calories and are tastier when cooked as well. Such meats are high in cholesterol, however, so avoid incorporating it in your diet on a daily basis. Also, avoid combining it with saturated fats as it might cause some serious health problems.
- Natural Peanut Butter
Apart from eating red meat, consuming organic peanut butter is also a good way to gain some weight; just a tablespoon of it already contains four grams of protein and 100 calories. Other than that, this tasty spread is also rich in magnesium, folate and vitamins B3 and E. Enjoy it mixed in your oatmeal, as an apple dip, or as a filling to whole grain bread.
- Whole Fat Milk
One crucial change that you should make if you’re planning to gain weight is to swap skim milk for whole milk. It contains 60 calories per glass and is rich in other nutrients like vitamin A and D. Add whole milk wherever you use skim milk, such as in cereals, oatmeal, sauces or as a regular drink. If you like adding milk to your coffee, then use it as a creamer for your daily cup of Joe.
- Tropical Fruits
Aside from making you feel refreshed after a rough workout, tropical fruits are also capable of helping you gain some weight. Bananas, mangoes, papayas and pineapples are some of the best fruits to eat for weight gain since they provide energy-boosting natural sugars. So be sure to add some fruit servings into your diet either as a snack or as a smoothie.
- Whole Wheat Bread
A study conducted by health experts in Singapore found that consuming healthy bread products aids in weight gain. One of the best bread choices to incorporate in your diet is whole wheat bread. Aside from being packed with fibre and minerals, whole wheat bread also helps in sustaining your energy level and in keeping you full for longer periods.
Gaining isn’t just about doing the right workouts, it’s also about eating the right kinds of food. So make sure that you keep these foods in mind as you start working on bulking yourself up.
Jewellery has long been part of human culture. People wear jewellery to show off their wealth, religious beliefs and political affiliations. This is the very reason why jewellery is considered to be timeless and a constant target of refinement and development. But that doesn’t mean that acquiring one should be costly. Here, we’ve listed down some tips on how you can purchase your favourite accessories without breaking the bank.
- Purchase Online
Just like with your clothing and makeup pieces, it’s also possible to purchase jewellery online. You get to purchase them from sites like Amazon, AliExpress, EBay or Etsy. Aside from having a wide array of jewellery selections to choose from, purchasing from these sites also prove to be a cost-effective move. The only downside in this strategy though, is you need to wait for several days to receive the item you purchased.
- Buy From Artisans
Purchasing jewellery pieces from the artisans in your area is also a good idea, especially if you’re into handmade items. Aside from being inexpensive, you can also guarantee that the pieces they produce are one of a kind. Just be extra careful in handling such items as they break easily and are quite difficult to fix.
- Visit a Local Jewellery Store
Buying from the local jewellery stores in your area in Singapore is also a good option if you’re not into online shopping or don’t feel like purchasing from an artisan. In these stores, you get to try on each item before deciding on which piece to purchase. What’s more amazing is these shops offer a good selection of accessories that matches with any type of get-up you can think of – and most of them are sold at a reasonable price.
- Apply Clear Spray Paint or Clear Nail Polish
Caring for your jewellery pieces is crucial in keeping it in its tip-top shape. In fact, doing a simple pre-care routine is already enough to make any budget-friendly piece look like its expensive counterpart. Coating your plated jewellery with an enamel spray paint or a clear nail polish is already enough to seal its plating and make it look good even after years of use.
Do this pre-care trick before wearing the jewellery though, as any form of contact with your skin or perspiration immediately affects the accessory. Also, make sure to cover the stones with a tape before coating it with a clear polish.
- Protect Your Ears With Petroleum Jelly
Got an ear that’s sensitive to any type of jewellery? Then apply some petroleum jelly on the hook of the earrings before wearing them. Not only will you protect your ears from getting infected, you also get to enjoy pair of dangling’s that you’ve always wanted to try.
Accessorizing shouldn’t cost a fortune, especially when it comes to purchasing jewelleries. Simply putting these tips to work is already enough to satisfy your obsession with jewelleries without breaking the bank.
With more and more of us spending our lives online, you should look for ways to use it to your advantage. A great way to go about this is to turn your blog into a money-making business. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but putting the following tips to work will surely help you get started with it.
- Start Running a Blog
This might seem obvious – and apologies to those who are already running a blog – but starting a blog is the first step to turning one into a money-making business. There’s simply no excuse for not running one, since starting a blog is incredibly easy.
Blogging is something that everybody learns to do as they go. Remember that all successful blogs you see today once started out a small personal blog. So go ahead and make one before you even start thinking about how you’re going to turn it into a money-making business.
- Share Your Blog Posts in Social Media
Now that you’ve set up your blog, it’s now time to get your posts out there. One of the easiest ways to do it is to share your posts on all of your social media accounts. As your friends start liking your links, their friends will start seeing it too. Little by little, you’ll start building your audience.
In addition, you should engage with more established blogs that produce content similar to yours. Let these people know that you like what they’re doing. Chance are they will also take notice of you and your blog.
- Learn About SEO
Perhaps the world of SEO is a complete mystery to you, but this is something that you should if you’re planning to have a Google search direct people to your blog. You don’t need to be an SEO expert, but you should know the basics of using it. Learning about it will surely take up some of your time, but it’ll prove invaluable as you start turning your blog into a money-making business.
- Sell Some Advertising Space
Once you’ve developed you blog to the point that you’re already attracting a regular audience, start selling some advertising space on your page. The simplest method of doing this is through signing up at Google’s AdSense. Once done, you will now automatically earn money every time a reader clicks on the ads on your blog.
If your audience is starting to grow, then you might want to consider branching out beyond AdSense and look for affiliates that could be interested in offering you bigger money.
Turning your blog into a money-making business is actually quite easy. Just make sure that it is well-maintained through getting professional assistance so you could continue making the most out of it.
You generally like what you’re doing with your current job. But if you’re being honest with yourself, you’ll start feeling a bit limited with your routine. Of course, you wouldn’t want to go and proclaim that your current work is beneath you. Still, you’re eager to constantly learn and grow in your career. So how will you know if you’re just being impatient or if you’ve finally outgrown your work? Here are the tell-tale signs that you’re to move forward from your current gig.
- You feel detached to your work.
Although you don’t necessarily need to leap with joy and charge into your office with an unmatched enthusiasm, you need to at least have a certain level of engagement and interest in your work. If you feel completely detached from your work and the impact your performance might have in the company, then it might be time to move on to a new work that will spark excitement and creativity in your career again.
- Your current job has become monotonous to you.
Having the feeling that you’ve master your position and work is what will boost your confidence in your workplace. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that you don’t want to feel challenged. If you’re existing work has become predictable and monotonous that you can no longer remember what it’s like to not have an answer to any predicament, then you’ve probably gotten too comfortable with where you currently are.
- Your conscience tells you so.
Perhaps you’ve experienced having a little nagging voice in your head saying, “What are you still doing in this company? Why do you still choose to do this?” every time you go to work. Well, that’s your conscience telling you that you’re too good to be stick with where you are right now – and that you could anywhere else you wanted. So if you constantly hear your conscience whispering those words, then it might be the right time to weigh in your options.
- You feel that your skills are under-utilized.
You landed a good entry-level job in a great company right after college. You love your colleagues, your employer and you just adore everything there is at your work. The only problem? It’s starting to feel restrictive on your part – particularly in utilizing your skills.
Anybody wants to find a job that allows them to use their skills to the fullest extent possible. So if you’re current work is missing the mark in that regard, then get out of there and see if you can find a company that could make better use of your expertise.
Moving on from a job that you’ve had for years is never easy. In fact, determining if you have really outgrown your current gig makes things much tougher. So make sure that you keep your eyes open for these tell-tale signs and you’ll be able to take the next steps in your career with confidence.
Closet space is something that many homes seriously lack. In fact, a lot of bedrooms don’t have any closets whatsoever in them. So whether you have a serious amount of overflow with your things, or you lack closets altogether, here are some useful tips on how you can keep your wardrobe organized without needing a closet.
- Hanging Clothing Racks
Hanging clothing racks are the best space saver. Since it hangs from the ceiling without relying on a base, it leaves you with a lot of floor space to work with. Also, if you separate short and long clothing pieces, you’ll be able to fit a shoe rack or several layers of drawer underneath.
- Freestanding Racks
Although this option tends to make a room seem cramped, it can be easily moved around as you rearrange your furniture. Plus, it also has a built-in base that’s perfect for storing your purses, shoes, etc. Just look for some DIY and portable options of this rack on the internet.
- Crannies and Nooks
Don’t think you have enough space in your room for a clothing rack? Then you’re probably not looking hard enough. Instead of going for freestanding racks, look for spaces in your room where you can hang rods, such in unused nooks, or under eaves.
- Armoire or Wardrobe
If an open closet isn’t your thing, consider having an armoire or wardrobe instead. These options are great for hanging items, as well as folded pants and tops. The best part about it? All the clutter is hidden from the view.
- High Shelf
Don’t ignore the space that you have up on your walls. For your seasonal pieces, or items that you don’t wear often, try installing high shelves. Not only will it make your ceiling look higher, it’ll also give more floor space to use.
- Shoe Ladder
Most of us consider our shoe collection as our wardrobe’s crown jewel. But instead of letting your shoes take up valuable closet space, display your lovely pairs on a shoe ladder, or on a glass door cabinet if you have enough budget for it.
- Under Bed Storage
Perhaps one of the best ways to keep your closet organized is to stow away your out-of-season pieces in an under bed storage. So as you shop for your bedframe, consider going with one that has or allows an under bed storage.
With these clothing piece storage ideas, it’s now possible to make the most out of your closet space. So go ahead and try any of these limited closet space solutions now!
Florence, Rome, and Venice compose the Italian trifecta that most of us include on our Italian travel itinerary, but going off the beaten path on your trip is what will allow you to experience the true local flavour. From the picturesque lakes and seaside beaches to the rural landscapes and scenic hill towns, Italy has something to offer for almost every type of traveller. So if you have enough time to spare, consider renting a car and explore any of the following towns across the countryside of Italy.
Situated in the Tuscan hills, this 13th century town is surrounded by Chianti vineyards and olive groves. Piazza del Campo, the town’s main square, is considered as one of the biggest main squares in the world, and was once hailed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
To make the most out of your visit in Siena, consider spending a night in a local argriturismo – a tradition that allows farmers to have additional income by hosting tourists on their property. Today, these stunning farm houses offer one of the most picturesque accommodations in Italy. Most of these farm houses even serves meats, eggs, and wines that are fresh from the farm.
Orvieto is the perfect definition of an Italian hill town. Just 90 minutes travel time outside of Rome, the town sits over a hill of volcanic stone overlooking the Umbria countryside. The town’s cathedral is a must-see masterpiece for it’s a stunning Gothic structure made with stained glass on the inside, and covered in mosaic tiles on the outside. Seeing it is already worth the visit alone.
If you’re planning to visit during summertime, consider heading to the local favourite coastal Rimini to experience boisterous nightclubs and packed beaches. The town’s nine-mile beachfront is divided into sections, and identified with their own vibe and number. Lungomare Augusto and Marina Centro are two of the most popular beaches in the Adriatic Sea, but do spend some time strolling the coast’s promenade to explore the rest of the area.
- Lampedusa Island
The wild landscapes and white beaches is what made Lampedusa Island a Mediterranean favourite just off of Sicily. Its heart-shaped Rabbit Beach is one of the most popular in the world, and serves as a home to a good number of loggerhead sea turtles.
Unlike the well-known Amalfi Coast, Puglia is a much quieter place and is known for their unique trulli (a cone-shaped stone hut). The seaside region is also known for their burrata, a fresh mozzarella-like rich cheese that’s meant to be paired with crusty bread and locally grown olives. To enjoy a more decadent meal in Puglia, consider booking a table at Grotta Palazzese where you get to dine in a limestone cave while enjoying the breath-taking view of the sea.
Visiting nearby towns is one of the best ways to truly experience and enjoy the Italian way of living. So make sure that you include these places on your next trip to Italy to truly get a closer look at the country’s culture.
Stress is a fact of life. You deal with it at work, at home, at the streets – it can be just about anywhere. There’s really no way to avoid it. The best way to get around stress is just to learn how to deal with it or how to manage it. Stress caused at home can cause a huge emotional toll on our well-beings especially as we consider our homes to be our sanctuary. That means this should be the only place in the world where you can feel relaxed, happy, and loved. Unfortunately, reality bites. Here are some ways on how Singaporeans can deal with stress at home:
Recognize stress for what it is
It’s almost impossible to determine when a stress is slowly building up. This is considered to be an abstract or an invisible emotion since you only know you’re already stressed out when you’re already expressing yourself in negative emotions. Some people become easily irritated or hot tempered when under stress, some feel depressed, while others resort to crying. It’s important to recognize how one copes with stress as well as the situations that trigger it.
Recognize stress from children
Stress is not something that’s experienced only by adults. Kids can feel it, too, but they just express it differently. Kids may be stressed due to school demands, conflicts with friends, etc. What you should do is to teach your kids understand what stress is and their behavior when under stress. It’s also good to make the kids understand that this is just an ordinary emotion that can be controlled.
Recognize stress from spouse
As a spouse, it is important that you recognize when your partner is dealing with stress. Rather than leaving your spouse alone to deal with stress, you can help lessen the burden by sharing it. Engage your spouse in a positive relaxed conversation where your spouse can vent out tensed emotions. Try to exert understanding by avoiding blame on your spouse and listen with patience instead. You may also add sooth the tension by providing words of comfort.
Engage in stress-buster activities for the family
When you know that the whole family is undergoing a lot of stress, it’s best to engage in stress-free activities to relieve negative emotions. You can have a delicious relaxing dinner at your favorite restaurant, go on a convenient stress-free vacation, or play outdoor games as a family.