The World Giving Index (WGI) is accumulated by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The foundation ranks one hundred fifty three countries according to how generous their people are. The index commenced in September 2010. The first edition enlisted Australia, New Zealand and Ireland as the three most generous nations. The survey established that happiness (to help other people) influences generosity than wealth.
CAF used the data collected by Gallup. Gallup is an ongoing study or poll performed in one hundred fifty three economies. The countries are surveyed by completing 1,000 questionnaires. For large countries (like Russia and China), there will be 2,000 questionnaires. The poll is based on three categories or measures to include:
- Donating money: Gallup enquired if the people have donated money to an organization in the past months. Organization includes political parties, churches, community groups, charities, etc. Regardless of the amount, as long as you donated, it should be noted.
- Volunteering: Gallup enquired if the people have spent time volunteering to an organization in the past months. As mentioned earlier, organization includes political parties, churches, community groups, charities, etc. Regardless of the length of time, as long as you use it to help others, it should be noted.
- Helping stranger: Gallup enquired if the people have assisted or extended their help to stranger/s. Helping a complete stranger is not easy but many people rise above to the challenge. There are people who do not mind helping out, it should be noted.
The CAF saw a development in Singapore. In 2010 and 2011, Singapore ranked number 91. In 2012, it dropped to 114. In 2013, Singapore leaped to number 64 for donating money and volunteering. The country’s efforts to alleviate the lives of each other is not simple but it is not a reason to stop serving.
Singapore is one of the best destinations in Asia as well as in the world. The country has several fun and exciting activities for tourist and also for its residents. Because Singapore has various ethic cultures and is a financially established nation, the country has a high level of living. In the past, Singaporeans were colonized by British and that is why the most common language used in Singapore is English.
When in Singapore, you’ll never get bored due to the fact that the country offers the following: entertaining activities, good services and amusing destinations.
1. Exceptional Night-Time Destinations and Activities
Actions never stop in Singapore. You can stay wherever you want because Singapore is active and pumping 24 hours a day. Whether you go in bars, golf sites, malls or supermarkets or anywhere, fun never sleeps.
2. Tea Time
Drinking tea is a tradition in Singapore. If ever you are a tourist, try to drink one. In Singapore, teas are being partnered with cakes and sandwiches but sometimes, it is served with rice and viand.
3. Engage in Recreation
One of the most popular beaches in Singapore situated in Sentosa Island. Here, there are many activities to choose from. This includes kayaking, wave skating and more. But the most well-liked in the island is playing with sea animals such as dolphin, sea cow (dugong) and sharks.
4. Pleasure from Nature
At the Singapore Zoological Gardens, you can get close to more than 2,000 animals including wild animals such as cheetahs. Also, you can get nearer to the different species of birds especially the pink flamingos. You can tour the zoo at your convenience but of course, you need a guide.
Various airlines from different countries have stopovers in Singapore giving passenger’s free time to tour around. However, it is only limited around the airport as stopovers is more than two hours or sometimes less than. Even if you want to tour the city, you can’t and you have no other options but to wait at the airport for your next flight. But instead of waiting for long hours, Singapore’s airport has something for stuck passengers.
Singapore’s airport particularly in terminal 2 and 3 have two movie theaters offered for free. Most movies that are played are both the most recent movies and classic movies. If you want to rest, there are many rest areas at Ambassador Transit Hotel and pay them at a cheap cost. In addition, the hotel has a swimming pool wherein visitors can swim for a cheap price. You can also make use of their bathroom facilities and access free Internet. At no cost, you can use their PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360.
Singapore airport has its own scenery of the country’s natural world. You don’t need to leave the airport if you want to explore Singapore’s natural environment. In terminal 2 and 3, different gardens such as orchid garden, light garden, sunflower garden and butterfly garden are placed. Also there are species of different plants and other plants that can only be found in Singapore.
In all terminals at the airport services such as massage, spa, showers and other services are free of charge. You can get a 15-minute foot massage and a 30-minute full body massage for free.
Viagra is famous for its healing powers when it comes to sexual dysfunction. But Viagra is more famous now because it has other health benefits worth mentioning. The following are health benefits of Viagra:
1. Encourages Fertility
Viagra showed promises when it comes to increasing the chances of pregnancy in particular group of women. Viagra aids pregnancy by assisting blood flow to the women’s uterus. Some women cannot conceive because they have problems with their uterine lining (which is thin). Viagra can expand blood vessels which can encourage uttering lining growth. So far, there are no side effects noted.
2. Prevents PAH
Viagra can help people with PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension). Scientists noted that Viagra can promote relaxation of blood vessels in the lungs which can lead to PAH, hyroxia and other heart and lung conditions.
3. Neonatal Care
Scientists also believe that Viagra can help an infant suffering from heart and lung conditions. Viagra is known to dilate arteries which can lead to increase of blood flow to the pulmonary artery from the lungs to the art and vice versa.
4. Anti Jetlag
There are some Singaporeans that consider Viagra. According to a survey commissioned by Skyscanner, an international travel site, one out of ten Singaporeans tried Viagra in their jetlag fight. The survey was released on November 13, 2013. Though this claim needs confirmation and further study, the fact remains that there are people who find it effective.
You see? Viagra is not only to increase sexual function. It has other benefits too. If you want to consider this, you should first ask your doctor. If your doctor allows you to use it, you can proceed but if it is your own volition, you need to think thousand times.
Chingay parade 2014 will gallop and enchant locals and tourists as we welcome the year of the horse. Many spectators are looking forward to experiencing Singapore’s grandest and finest parade. From gigantic puppets to dashing horses, it is said that next year’s Chingay parade is the most grandest and vibrant ever. Chingay is an annual float and street parade that have been captivating every spectators since 1973. This parade is meant to amaze and impress.
So, what are some event highlights of the Chingay parade 2014?
There will be about thirty giant puppets parading on the streets. The thirty puppets will represent ethnic groups here in Singapore. The puppets will also represent professions like cab drivers and hawkers.
Horses and Sculptures
Since it is the year of the horse, there will be parade of horses originating from the Turf Club. You can also marvel in horse sculptures created by students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
There will be public viewing of the largest batik painting yet. The painting features flowers that include the national flower of Singapore. This painting was crafted by 40000 locals and immigrants. There will be knitted tapestries involved.
Be awed by the very first outdoor drama. The outdoor drama will be performed by about one hundred eighty community artists.
You can seize international performances from different countries like China, Philippines, South Africa, Indonesia, Rwanda, Italy, Nigeria and Korea.
If you have nothing to do on February 7 and 8, 2013, you can join the annual Chinese Year Procession. The procession will occur in F1 Pit Building. This will become the biggest procession yet with about 70000 persons involved. Enjoy the parade and the sights!
There are many patrons of Chinese Medicine not only in China or in Singapore. Chinese Medicine is famous around the world because its practice was developed thousands of years ago. In fact, Chinese Medicine was developed earlier than the Western Medicine. Chinese Medicine is patronized by many people around the world because of its variety of techniques and traditions.
Chinese medical tradition is influenced by the principle of yin and yang and the wuxing (which symbolizes the five elements). Chinese believes that yin and yang are two contrasting but coexisting forces. Yin is distinguished by attributes like darkness, passive, negativity while yang is distinguished by attributes like light, active and positivity. Together, the two forces will create everything in the universe. These forces are constantly change to seek balance.
Apart from yin and yang, the universe is also created of wuxing – earth, metal, water, fire and wood. Wuxing matches to seasons, weather, colours, tastes, directions, etc. In medicine, each element corresponds to parts of the body. For example, water matches to the kidneys, bones, ears and bladder. The interpretation of yin and yang and wuxing vary depending on the period and context but this served as the essential framework for Chinese Medicine’s theory and practices.
Chinese Medicine is not only a thing of the past. It still exists with many herbs used. However, the HSA (Health Sciences Authority) advises the public of paying attention to some herbs that may contain illegal substances. People should always check the bulletin of HSA or listen to the news for any advises. To be safe, it is always better to get a prescription from a registered Chinese Medicine specialist.
The Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong announced on October 27, 2013 that there will be a public hospital in North of Singapore by 2020. The announcement was made in the ground breaking of Sengkang General and Community Hospitals. According to the Minister, Sengkang General and Community Hospitals will be ready and operational by 2018.
Sengkang General can cater about 800 patients while the Community Hospitals can cater about 400 patients. There are 200 extra beds if the circumstance needs it. After the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals project, the public hospital in North of Singapore will commence. The exact location of the next public hospital was not yet finalized because there are a lot of factors that need to be considered but the Minister is seeing the potential of Woodlands.
The Health Ministry is now evaluating the precise location of the public hospital bearing in mind land agencies and land plans. Aside from the place, the Health Minister also mentioned about being flexible relating to the pattern of diseases in the next few years. The public hospitals mentioned above are elements of the Healthcare Master Plan. The Healthcare Master Plan is the government’s initiative which seeks to put in 4100 hospital beds by 2020.
Apart from these hospitals and beds, the government seeks to create four more acute hospitals from 2020 to 2030. After the completion of the hospitals, it is believed that they will form part of Singapore’s biggest regional hospitals which will provide residents in different regions (Pasir Ris, Sengkang, Punggol and Hougang) with the best healthcare system. This is good news for all Singaporeans.
They say that if you have a pet, you should be responsible for its wellbeing. If you cannot cope up to demands of your pet, better not have it at all. Here in Singapore, a man was fined $5000 for exposing his dog to sun and rain. On top of that, it was noted that he left little sustenance for the Border collie. The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) called the police because of the abuse.
The man never thought about animal cruelty. To him, it is just a means to an end but for the dog and other people, this is abuse. If you have a pet, whether it is a cat, dog or other exotic animals, you should make sure that everything is well taken care of. Pets deserve our love and time. If at the onset you cannot give this, you should never consider it.
To help you take care of your pets, here are some tips that you can consider:
- Regular examinations – Dogs are like humans; they too can develop illnesses. If you want to ensure their health, you should always bring them to the doctor and have them checked.
- Getting rid of parasites – It is important that you get rid of fleas and other parasites that can irritate the dog. Parasites can cause hair loss and infection too.
- Regular vaccinations – Regular vaccinations should be considered to prevent common illness.
- Providing a suitable environment – You should provide your dog with a suitable environment. The environment should stimulate the dog’s mind. You can purchase many toys for example and spend more time playing with them.
Dogs are loving, affection and loyal. It would add colour and vigour to our life. Please, take care of them as you would want them to take care of you.
Singapore government always reminds all the citizens and other people around that cleanliness should be practiced and observed all the time. Failure to practice cleanliness or tidiness outside of the house can cost you. Failure to clean inside the house will compromise the health of the whole family. No matter what happens or how busy you get, it is imperative that you clean your surroundings.
You should start with the house because you spend most if your time there. Then you should proceed with your office space. If you are blabbering about having no time for cleaning, think twice. You can always look for domestic cleaners if you cannot handle the cleaning. But if you think that you can personally handle the cleaning, here are some useful things that you can consider:
Set the time. Cleaning will be faster and more fun if you ask your family to join you. You should set the time for cleaning. For example, you can schedule it once a week or every Saturday or Sunday to make sure that all members are around.
Secure your materials. Now that you set the time, you should proceed with the materials. You need to secure different materials like the broom, dust pan, damp cloth, duster, vacuum, cleaning agents and many more.
Zoning. Do you know that zoning means? It means that you take one room at a time. It is advisable if you begin upstairs then work your way down. You can start with the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and the living room. Never leave the place unfinished or until you are satisfied.
There is no such thing as over cleaning. Remember that the cleaner your house is, the more comfortable and safe your family is.
For others, planning a wedding is stressful but there are some that find it joyful. Your wedding moments should last. If you want to make an impression during your wedding, the best way to do it is by using impressive décor and wearing stunning wedding gowns. You deserve a grand wedding. If you can afford it, you should have the best wedding in town. No one can deprive you of that. A grand wedding is not easy but if you get the right people, your wedding will be a blast. The first thing that you should do is look for a wedding planner.
There are many wedding planners here in Singapore. If you do not know where to look for one, you can ask your friends and other relatives if they know someone. It is necessary that your wedding planner who will be planning the perfect wedding singapore understands what you like so she can put it in practice. If you have the wedding planners, it doesn’t mean that you will not do anything. You have to take part in the process if you do not want your wedding to be a disaster. You should expect the following things:
If your wedding planners managed to find a place, you should go with them when they conduct ocular or site inspection. This is important so you will know what your reception would look like. If you like the place, you should book it right away but if you don’t, you can ask your planners to look for more places. This is not a problem since Singapore has a lot of venues to offer.
Cake and food tasting
You should go with your planners when you consider cake and food tasting. If you find the menu entrees and the desserts delectable, you should pursue it. If you find a beautiful cake, you should have it. Your wedding planners will do the rest of the job like talk to the person in charge and arrange everything.
Fitting Your Wedding Gowns
For soon-to-be brides, fitting their wedding gowns at wedding events can be exciting. This is not a problem too because there are many couture here in Singapore that can provide the best wedding gowns and suits. Enjoy the process and make sure everything fits well.
If your wedding planner arranged for a bridal shower, you should go and have fun.
Before the actual wedding, you can have a rehearsal dinner where all the people who will have a special role in the wedding will attend. The rehearsal dinner is important because these people will be oriented with what they will do on the actual day. It is more of a practice.
After the wedding, you have the honeymoon to look forward to. If you want your wedding planners to surprise you, you can leave the honeymoon planning to them but if you have a specific place in mind you want to go to, share your thoughts with your planners and have them arrange your stay there.
Wedding only comes but once. Well, there are people who got married many times already but if you are true to your vows, one wedding will last a lifetime. You deserve a grand wedding if you want one. But if in this case you are a little tight of the budget, it doesn’t mean a wedding cannot happen. You can have a simple and practical wedding if that is what you prefer. Your close friends and relatives will understand your choice. The important thing here is the wedding ceremony not the reception, the catering and the honeymoon.
Congratulations and best wishes!