We all have that one relative who makes us cringe during holiday get-togethers – that the thought that they won’t make it to your reunion is so relieving you could throw a party. Yet, being around difficult relatives actually help us learn more about ourselves, and we’re just willing to learn from these people, they could help us become better and more mature individuals. To help make this process a bit easier for you, we listed down some helpful tips on how you can deal with that one family member that you’d rather not see on the holiday dinner this year.
- Identify What Makes Them Annoying
Is your relative a bully, devious or pompous? Perhaps he or she has a personality problem. But whatever the problem is, make sure that you identify and label it. Although it’s never a good idea to box people into categories, labelling the problem with your relative could help you see their behaviour more objectively, and create a healthy distance between you and that person. Just make sure that you wouldn’t mindlessly share this label with that person or you’ll end up experiencing a full-force blow out.
- Know Their Background
Taking an emphatic stance is another way of minimizing your negative attitude towards a difficult relative. Do you know why he became difficult? Perhaps he experienced a challenging childhood; maybe they felt misunderstood and coped through lashing out. Whatever the reason is, knowing a little bit about them will certainly shed some light as to why he behaves that way, making him actions more tolerable.
- Invite a Close Friend
Bracing yourself for an intense exchange with a difficult relative? If so, invite a friend who understands your situation. If your friend can’t support you in person, then call him or her instead. When the tension starts running high, having someone who you can bounce your feelings off can help in easing your negativity and making you feel more equipped to handle any drama.
- Laugh It Off
Use your humour to handle difficult relatives who would otherwise have you wanting to throw down. Some psychologists even recommend using silent humour so you can avoid internalizing the negative comments that your difficult relatives are saying. For instance, if your cousin is known for undercutting you, pretend that he’s a stranger who just found his way to your get-together. It can be difficult to feel irritated when you throw humour in the mix; plus, it’ll give your difficult relative less control over your actions.
It’s still possible to enjoy your family gathering even if you’re interacting with a difficult relative. Simply putting these tips to work will surely help you deal with that person, while enjoying the holiday season with the rest of your family.
Why should you hire professional builders for your home remodelling project? There’s nothing wrong taking on construction projects on your own, but that is, if you believe you have the skills and the necessary experience. There are homeowners who, in hopes of saving money, regret remodelling their home on their own as they only ended up spending more. Even if you’re only tackling small projects inside your home, you still would enjoy several benefits from working with licensed builders. Here are a few of them.
Technical expertise. No matter how familiar you are with your own home, you will find corners or areas that would require handling by professionals. Whatever issues you encounter along the way, from plumbing to electrical wiring, they have someone on the team who can take care of that. You get to avoid costly mistakes because people working on your home know exactly what they’re doing. You avoid guessing, and you only purchase materials that are required for the job. You need not even provide for the equipment because they have it already. You can trust that the project will be handed to you with top-notch quality.
Saving time. If you are to work on the construction project yourself, you will have to spend a lot of time, from looking into the tiniest of details to studying the bigger picture. You need to think carefully which materials to invest in, along with the impact of any installation, you’re looking to do with the overall home structure or mechanical and electrical system. These areas shouldn’t be rushed because safety is at risk. You might need to take days off work or any other commitments you may have. Skilled builders, on the other hand, will know exactly how to approach and solve the problem they’d encounter. You no longer have to find the solution yourself. They have your back covered.
Working around limitations. Professional builders will help you find ways on how you can achieve the final results you want, within the price you can only afford. They can offer suggestions that have worked with other clients with concerns similar to yours. You can maximise the available space and make sure that every corner of your home has both beauty and functionality.
Home remodelling projects can be expensive depending on the changes or improvements you need done. You’d want to make sure that you will no longer have to deal with repairs once the project has already been handed over to you. Only professional builders would be able to guarantee you a home remodelling project is done right, the first time.
You are trying to figure out which hairstyle fits your ultimate goal – to look slimmer. You scoured the magazines and still to no avail. The good news is that there are hairstyles that will make you look slimmer. Here are some hairstyles that can guarantee you will look awesomely slim:
- Asymmetrical bob: In asymmetrical bob, imagine a shorter back and longer front. It should begin around the nape of your neck at the back and finishes 2 inches below your chin. The perfect epitome of this hairstyle is Victoria Beckham. This hairstyle is perfect for people who are thinking of maintaining hair easily. It can elongate your neck.
- Layers: You have been living with a uniform length of hair. While there is nothing wrong with that, it can make your face look fuller. The best thing to do is to put some layers to soften your face’s roundness. Particularly ask for layers near your cheekbones as it will focus on your bone structure. If you have problems with thinning, the best hairstyle is to add more layers at the top of the head.
- Long shag: If you are round faced, the ideal hairstyle is shoulder length or maybe longer. The highlight here is your bangs. The bangs should be side swept.
- Parting: Another hairstyle for round faced to look slimmer is diagonal side parting. This will surely emphasize your cheekbones. The trick is to make it look like your face is long so try parting it on the opposite side of your usual part.
- Highlights: Your highlights can also help you look younger and slimmer. Do not opt for dark colours instead consider subtle or light ones.
Additional guidelines: For heart-shaped people, do not consider center parting because it will only make your face rounder. You should keep in mind that when the haircut finishes straight at your chin, your face will surely look wider and shorter. Always consider haircut that is little longer or shorter if you prefer.
So the next time you go to a salon, make sure to instruct the stylist of a particular hairstyle. It helps to look good here in Singapore and there is nothing wrong with that. If you feel confident and happy with a specific hairstyle even if it does not make you look slimmer, you should pursue it.
Oh, do not forget to look for vertical designs in clothing. Your clothing can also have an effect on how you look.
Working here in Singapore is hectic and stressful especially if you are new in the industry. The good news is that it will get easier as you go along armed with the knowledge and understanding of inner calmness. Your ultimate goal amidst chaos should be inner calmness. If you mastered inner calmness, nothing or no one can bring you down. Remember that.
You should begin with some easy exercises. What are some exercises that invite inner calmness? Here are some examples that might interest you:
Yoga – If you have the time, yoga should be practiced as it can teach you a lot of things but basically all about meditation and focus. If you do not have time, the least that you can do is practice the vipariti kirani yoga. This is a pose wherein you lie on the floor and then putting your feet against the wall. This pose will give you a good stretch.
Run – Many Singaporeans attest to the effectiveness of running when you feel stressed and anxious. However not all people have the time to do this. If you cannot run outside, the least that you can do is to run in place. Running in place for minutes will help the body pump endorphins. Endorphins can help you during your low times.
Stretch – You did not notice until your back ached – you had been working nonstop. Staying in one position for a long time will tense the muscles which is not good. You should at least stand up and do stretching. The stretching should be done many times as it can relieve tension of the muscle and invite relaxation.
Quick walk – There are times that you just want to walk away with everything and just see where it ends. That is not a good thing to do. You can decide to walk away in just a split second but the impact will surely last a lifetime. Do yourself a favor by taking a quick walk outside the office. Taking a quick walk away from the source or trigger of your stress can help clear your mind and ease tension. Strolling or quick walk can give you time to gather all your thoughts.
Dance – You may not be a good dancer but dancing actually can help ease the anxiety or stress you are feeling. Just do not mind the step and let yourself be carried away with the music.
When things get messy that you do not invite inner calmness at all, it is time that you face the trigger or the source.
For developed countries like Singapore, most people spend all their waking hours glued in a chair. There is nothing wrong with that but you have to be conscious of your posture because it can make a difference at the end of the day. Bad posture is actually the problem of many here and it can lead to physical and mental health complications.
Remember that your body is created to move and not to sit in the chair for more than eight hours every day. If you are conscious about good posture then you are already living a happy and healthy life. However if you have bad posture, it can pose health and mental risk on you. Over time, bad posture will become a habit and it will then lead to headaches, fatigue and pain.
Here are the ill effects of bad posture on your mind and body:
Exacerbates stress and depression
You do not know it but when you slouch, your body actually tries to constrict and compress. If this is the case, the lungs and heart are forced to work twice to pump blood thereby slowly circulating the oxygen. This is enough to cause stress especially in your muscles and internal organs.
There was a study commissioned by San Francisco State University. The researchers asked student responders to walk in a slouched position. The students who walked in that way experienced decreased levels of energy. When the body is seated for a long time, the internal processes will slow down and as an outcome, the energy levels decrease.
Leads to poor breathing
Remember that the lungs will function well if the diaphragm and rib cage expand properly. Poor posture can actually restrict the blood and more importantly, oxygen flow. If you are engaged in different outdoor activities, you have to make sure that you have good posture because it is during this time that the body needs more oxygen.
Back, neck and shoulder pain
When you have bad posture, the most common effect include back ,neck and shoulder pain. In most cases, the common pain areas include wrist, shoulder, neck and lower back.
By knowing these, you will gradually change your posture and finally realize why your mother was constantly bugging you about posture back then. If you have questions about it, you can always seek for the help of your doctor. The trick here is never under estimate it or ignore it. Avoid more pain starting now.
After a long and torturous hot season, the rain season has returned. But as welcome as the cool weather may be, it isn’t very good for keeping our make-up on fleek since a lot of make-up doesn’t sit well on the skin when wet. So, unless you’re going for a ‘melted make-up’ look, here are six of our favourite make-up techniques to keep your make-up in place even on wet days.
A good primer will hold everything you applied to your face in place. It will keep your make-up intact and ensure it will last the entire day, whether it’s going to rain or shine. If you have oily skin, get a matte primer. For dry skin, we suggest getting a moisturizing one.
- Tinted Moisturizer
When dealing with rain, you have to go as natural as possible to avoid smudges and meltdowns. One of the best products to have is tinted moisturizer. Just a thin coat of tinted moisturizer will last you longer than any foundation, especially if you’re out in the rain.
- Waterproof Mascara
When it comes to rain and mascara, we all know that waterproof is the way to go. After all, you don’t want to have “racoon eyes” after a drizzle, do you? To keep your lashes in place, make sure to check the tube and see that it’s labelled waterproof before leaving home.
- Cream Blush
We all love our powder blush for neutral and windy days, but not when it’s raining. When you think it’s going to rain later in the day, pick something that’s going to show some colour and stick to your skin. That’s what cream blushes do. Pop some on your cheeks before putting on your tinted moisturizer for a more natural look.
- Lip Stain
Lipstick are great, but may not withstand the moisture of the rain. To make sure your lip colour won’t smudge and budge when it rains, wear lip stains instead. This product doesn’t move when applied on the lips and usually lasts much longer than regular lipstick.
- Moisturizing Mask
This last one isn’t technically a make-up, but it helps make-up apply smoothly if you have well-conditioned skin. Since the rain season has the tendency to dry the skin out, replenish the moisture by applying a moisturizing mask the night before. You don’t want your make-up to look patchy and uneven, so make sure to hydrate your skin well.
There you have it! Our top six favourite make up. Now that you know what products to use and the necessary know-how about them, you can step out into the rain fearlessly—and gorgeously!
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.