Apr 04

5 Signs It’s Time to Visit Your Dermatologist

While it’s possible to deal with certain skin problems using some over-the-counter beauty products, there are still certain issues that require expert attention. For that reason, we listed down six fool-proof signs that it’s time you pay your trusted dermatologist in your area in Singapore a visit.

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1.       Skin Becomes Drier Than Usual

Weather changes, showering with scalding hot water, and using moisture-robbing soaps might be some of the reasons why you’re experiencing dry skin. Applying lotions and moisturizers often help with the problem, but if you’re still left with dry, flaky skin even after moisturizing, then do consult a skin expert, stat.

2.       Noticeable Changes in Your Moles

Moles that are irritated, bleeding and changing in colour, shape, size and texture could mean something serious. If you happen to notice these changes in your moles, consider having them checked right away instead of dealing with the problem yourself.

3.       Presence of Cystic Acne

Cystic acnes are large, painful breakouts that appear deep in your skin. While it’s possible to get rid of this zit problem on your own, doing so will likely cause skin scarring or infection. For that reason, consider getting the help of a professional dermatologist when dealing with this skin problem.

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4.       Appearance of Milia

Milia are hard, white, keratin-filled cysts that form under the skin. Although it can occur in people of all ages, they commonly appear in new-borns. Milia is typically found on the face, cheeks and eyelids. Its appearance is often caused by dead skin cells, high cholesterol, or application of heavy and thick facial creams. Similar with cystic acne, only dermatologists are capable of extracting them without risking skin infection or inflammation.

5.       You Have Acne Scars and Marks

Acne marks refers to the brown or red spots that fade away after three to six months, while acne scars are those tiny indents on your face left behind by zits. While they may be different, they can both ruin your skin’s texture and appearance. So do consult with your dermatologist to find the best medical treatment for these skin issues.

Although it’s crucial that you know how some tricks to properly care for your skin, it’s also important that you give time for skin experts to check on your skin’s health. So be sure to keep these signs in mind, so you’ll know exactly when you should pay your dermatologist a visit.

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   Mar 14

Getting Familiar with Parental Control Software

The internet is a friend to all. This means that as long as you have the means (smartphones, tablets and personal computers) and there is internet, you can surf all you want. You can find everything from soil to utensils there. It is indeed vast and very helpful – only if it is used in good intention. But as time goes by, the proliferation of internet exposes our vulnerability especially to the younger generations.

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Children are exposed to social media and it is not purely good news. They can get the idea of everything there from alcohol to drugs. It is therefore important that as parents, while they are young, you restrict their access to the internet. In fact, there are parents who do not buy their kids smartphones or tablets until they know or oriented of the responsibilities that lay with it.

The good news is that smartphones or tablets have this “Parental Control Software”. The electronic companies designed smartphones or tablets with software that can restrict the children’s access to internet. Until they know how to behave appropriately, they should be monitored and checked. But before setting the restriction, parents should discuss it with the child first. This is to build sense of trust.

Here’s a few “Parental Control Software” that you can consider:

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  • Android: Google limits its features on devices operating under Android 4.3 and higher. With Android, you can now filter “Play Store”. You can restrict apps and only show those that are appropriate for your kids (including in-app purchases). If you want to avail of some service that can set time restrictions and limits as well as block some apps then get reports after, you can avail of ScreenTime.

 

  • Apple iOS: This includes iPod Touch and iPhone. For Apple users, you can set restrictions. You just have to go to “Settings” then tap “General” and look for “Restrictions”. It is crucial that you “Enable Restrictions”. Try to tap it and then you will be prompted to enter your “Restrictions Passcode”. After that, you can choose which apps to allow; you can even turn off “Installing Apps” and “In-App Purchases”.

 

  • Multiple Operating Systems: There are different operating systems that you can avail to help you protect your kids. There’s Norton Family that offers Parental Control Software for numerous devices. If not, you can also consider Intel Security Safe Family that can block or grant access depending on age then there is time limit.

You have to make sure that everything your children learn is useful. You have to fortify their cybersafety.

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   Mar 09

How to Successfully Administer the Cry It Out Method

Cry It Out Method is also called CIO. It was first presented by a paediatrician – Richard Ferber. It was not known as CIO then. Many people called it “Ferberizing”. CIO is actually a sleep training that involves babies. Many parents here in Singapore and paediatricians encourage this method or training. The goal here is not crying but to teach the babies to self-soothe.

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This method assumes that if you give the baby the opportunity to sleep on his/her own, he/she can eventually master it without your help. Say he/she woke up at night and cried. If he/she is used to nursing or rocking whenever he/she wakes at night, he/she can’t sleep back without you. That is encouraging dependency. You have to let him/her cry it out and then eventually sleep. Do not worry because it is safe.

If you want to give this method a try, you have to discuss it first with your paediatrician. After that, you have to ensure that your baby is emotionally or physically ready to sleep. What is good about this method is that there is no precise age you need to start but a safe one will be between four to six months. Here’s how you successful administer it:

Step 1

Put the baby in his/her crib. Make sure that he is still awake but kind of sleepy.

Step 2

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Say good night and leave the room immediately. He/she will cry but you have to let him/her cry it out for a specified amount of time (first night is three minutes, second night for five to ten minutes and so on).

Step 3

After the specified amount of time, go back to the room and reassure the baby through patting. After he/she is calm, leave again. Do not go back even if he/she is crying.

Step 4

Gradually increase the interval time every day and you will see the difference. The routine should be strictly followed if you want a consistent result. When he/she wakes up in the middle of the night, do the same thing but never nurse, rock or pick him/her. There will come a night that he/she will no longer cry when you leave the room.

If you notice resistance, you have to be patient and start again after few weeks. Remember this is training. This means you have to be patient and the results will be long but worth it. You have to be consistent too. This means sticking to the routine no matter what happens.

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   Feb 21

Wedding Ring Insurance: Things You Need to Know

Although it’s the love and commitment that matters most, you’ll still feel very distressed if you lost your wedding ring. To save you from the heartache of losing such fine jewelry, have your ring insured in case of loss, theft, fire, or any reckless reason like loosened diamond during a water sport. Ring insurance policy varies depending on the value of the ring and the coverage of the insurance. Here are the important points to know about ring insurance.

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What Is It?

There are several ways to insure your wedding rings. Ring insurance can be purchased as an extension for your homeowner’s or renters’ policy. Homeowners’ or renters’ policies cover all belongings in your homes, but only up to a certain amount. Expensive items, like your wedding ring, famous art pieces, and electronics, may not be included. To insure these items, scheduled property coverage – a property insurance extension that covers specific items – is required. Another insurance policy option is to insure the ring through a Singapore jewelry company that focuses in jewelry insurance, which usually offers better coverage than standard homeowners’ policy.

Who Needs It?

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All couples with proposal ring and wedding rings that have high sentimental and monetary value – whether $400 or $40,000 – should get a ring insurance policy. Securing ring insurance is a way of protecting and honoring not just the financial value of the item, but as well as the sentimental value it represents. The true value of the precious wedding ring in Singapore is the sentiment behind it. Though it’s irreplaceable, the rings themselves can be replaced in case something happens to them, so make sure to insure.

What Are Your Options?

Discuss about the policy options available for you. Prices differ depending on the value of the ring, stones, and disasters that the insurance covers, such as theft, damage, loss, or other unexpected problems. Some insurance reimburses you with a check, which is the best policy option for heirloom or one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces – while some insurance require you to pick a replacement ring from their partner Singapore jewelers.

How it Works?

Provide a receipt and appraisal of your engagement ring. The appraisal can be obtained for a minimal fee from a professional gemologist. Also, when moving after the wedding, make sure that the insurance follows suit. Some couples insure the engagement or wedding ring at the groom’s or bride’s home before the wedding, but forget to include it to their new house’s insurance policy when they move in together.

If there’s no access to homeowners’ or renters’ insurance, there’s another way to secure your ring. Some insurance companies have policies through partner jewelers. Ask your ring jeweler if they have partner insurance companies that offer ring insurance policies. These types of policies can widely vary from company to company, so it’s important to ask questions especially about the scope of coverage provided.

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   Feb 08

Tips for Mixing and Matching Patterns for Your Home Decor

Mixing patterns in a space is a great way to add interest and depth to your home. However, there are a few things to follow if your want to avoid an uncoordinated look in your home. As you go through these tips, remember that colours and patterns do not need to ‘match’ each other, they just need to look good together.

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1.       Get the Scales Right

Avoid using two large-scale together as it will only compete with each other. Use different sizes and shapes when mixing and matching patterns. Generally, you want a mix of small-, medium- and large-sized patterns. This helps move the focus around the space. Choose one major print, and then pick small-scale prints to coordinate with the focal point (think of smaller dots and stripes). These small-scale prints will act as accents to the major pattern.

2.       Balance the Impact With Solids

Went a little over-the-top with patterns? No need to worry. Pull back a little with solid colours that match the patterns to add bits of ‘visual calmness’ into the space. For example, if it is a large-scale geometric print with taupe, gray, navy and tangerine hues, pick accents in one or two of these colours and scatter them around the space.

3.       Start on Smaller Spots

Clueless about where to start? Start with throw pillows or a rug. A patterned window treatment is also a great way to make a space look polished. Go for patterned curtains for a more romantic look or solid roman shades for a more tailored look. We also recommend using wallpaper on smaller rooms, like powder room, in solid print or going for patterned tiles.

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4.       Large on Large, Small on Small

When choosing an object to put the patterns, consider the size of the item. Large patterns work best on larger items, such as window treatments, carpet flooring and walls, as it has space large enough to accommodate the intensity of the pattern. A medium-scale pattern is better suited to furnishings and small-scale patterns on accent pieces.

5.       Mimic a Favourite Pattern

If you like polka dots and gingham stripes, try to mix and match these patterns in decorative textiles. Your bedroom is a great space to try this decor style. Accent pillows, beddings, lampshades and window treatments can have varying scales of these prints. Use solid colours for the bed sheet, matching throw pillows and a small-scale patterned area rug to balance your favourite patterns.

These tips will, hopefully, get you started to master your decorating skills. Just keep in mind to keep colour and scale in mind, regardless of the method you take to mixing and matching patterns.

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   Feb 03

Ways to Make Your Home Actually Conducive for Work

People with home offices get to save on extra expenditure for office space rental. This is one of the major reasons why there are a lot of home offices nowadays. However, having your office in your home can be both stressful and convenient. Sometimes, working at home can bring more stress and easily hinders you from accomplishing more things. Here are some tips to ensure that your office remains an ideal working place, even if it’s inside your sanctuary space.

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Keep Your Office Away From Personal Spaces

Even though you live alone, designating a part of your living room or bedroom as your office space is a bad idea as you will always be reminded of and distracted by your private life every time you work. As much as possible, have your office in a room or space that’s far from the convenience of your TV and/or bed.

Get Yourself Quality Office Furniture

Having a home-based office means flexible work hours, and once you do well in your career, you may end up spending more time in your office than you have planned from the start. For this reason, you want quality office furnishings, such as height-adjustable chairs and sit-stand desks. Skip the cheap, multipurpose furnishings.  An ottoman is much comfier and more durable than a sofa bed, so if you want a napping space during a break, opt for something that won’t go to bits after just a couple of months.

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Pick a Quiet Spot

You will be making transactions, closing deals and probably writing proposals inside your office. Therefore, it is vital that you choose a spot in your house that is far from the noise and distraction. It’s important to keep a business atmosphere in the room to help you get into work mode when you enter your office.

Keep the Clutter to a Minimum

The truth is, no matter how organize you are, clutter is still bound to happen. Dispose all items that you no longer need, and keep basic office necessities. The shredder and the garbage bin are two of the most valuable office tools for keeping your office clutter to a minimum. Throwing away piles of useless documents and papers will greatly enhance the appearance of your home office, as well as increase your productivity and efficiency.

It’s essential for a home office to be comfortable, inviting and conducive for work to keep work hours productive and pleasant. Set it up in a way that stimulates your efficiency to accomplish your tasks and responsibilities.

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   Dec 12

How to Train Your Kids to Save

Many parents in Singapore would want to train their children on how to spend and save their money. As adults, we already know how to handle our liabilities and assets so we need to impart that to our kids. Start them young and let your children surprise you, in a positive way, on how they could effectively spend and save their own money in the future. Here’s how:

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  • Train your kids to be responsible savers. You can train your kids as early as one or two years old. You can prepare a jar where they can store the money that they receive from you and some relatives or in the future the savings from their allowances. This can practice their saving abilities and once they grow up, they can see the results of their savings, which you need to store in a safe place or deposit in a bank account.

 

  • Teach them the importance of money. As parents, we need to teach our kids the value of money and how important it is to not waste it. Teach them how every penny or dollar counts.

 

  • Teach them the difference between wants and needs. Train your kids to just buy the things that they need. You can teach them to buy the things that they want but first they need to evaluate if whether those things can still be used in the future. Teach them how to delay wants and prioritize their needs.

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  • Train your kids to value hard work and rewards. You can let your kids take summer kiddie jobs or sell lemonade and other stuff they want to sell. Let them feel that money should be earned through hard work and that if they work for it effectively they will get rewarded. Thus, more chances of saving their rewards for future use.

 

  • Share stories and let them read books about successful people. Aside from the usual bedtime stories, you can share your experiences with your kids or read a book about famous and successful people in history and most especially in entrepreneurship. Teach them that success does not happen overnight and that they have to save up and invest on things that could really make them successful someday.

 

  • You have to let them be financially independent once they reach a certain age. Let your children become the financial independent adults they are destined to be. Once they reach 18 or if they graduate from college, let them practice what they have learned from you. You can help guide them but do not let them be reliant to you forever.

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   Dec 08

3 Lunchtime Habits That Causes Afternoon Slump

Nothing is more frustrating, especially when trying to beat a deadline, than an afternoon slump. You are busy as a bee the entire morning, and then in a snap, the hardworking bee in you has disappeared, and all you want to do is just to take a long nap.

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 For some, this instance happens regularly. Usually, around three o’clock in the afternoon (or sometimes even two o’clock), you feel drained and in dire need of a snack and a large cup of coffee. This is normal, though. Your body has natural rhythms and a lot of people tend to feel sleepy at around three in the afternoon. A glass of cold water or a quick trip to the bathroom should be enough to awaken your system.

However, if these tricks doesn’t work on you, it could be because of the lunch you had a few hours ago. If this lunchtime habits sound familiar to you, you may want to do a little rehab to your midday meals to help make your afternoon more productive.

1.       Your green salad has no protein

If you often have salad for lunch, make sure to have some protein in it. Sometimes, take-out salads do not include protein in favour of some extra veggies and carb toppings like croutons.  Protein is highly important ingredient in a salad as this gives you a kick of energy, which helps overcome afternoon slump. Incorporating some protein into your greens can be as simple as throwing in some salmon fillets or a few slices of grilled chicken breast.

2.       You always eat out instead of packing your own lunch

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There’s nothing wrong with eating out, but it can easily lead to eating large portion sizes, which is a major culprit of afternoon slack. Instead of dropping by a steakhouse or indulging in a bowl of curry, pack a healthy lunch in the morning before leaving home for work. With home-made lunches, you can be in control of the portion size and the ingredients of your food.

3.       You take more refined carbohydrates

According to experts, the type of carbs you eat contributes to the afternoon slump you’re feeling. Refined carbohydrates, such as breads, rice and white pastas, don’t have much protein or fiber, which are good sources of energy and keep you feeling full. If you had refined carbs for your lunch, this likely increases the sugar level in your blood, which will then be followed by a sharp drop, causing you to feel tired and grouchy.

You can put a halt to regular afternoon slump. Despite what people think, it’s not a part of growing old. You can control how your body works and feels by nourishing it with the right food throughout the day.

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   Jul 22

Why do large Businesses need to have PABX System?

Many people do not know what does the acronym PABX mean. This acronym stands for Private Automatic Branch Exchange. It is a certain term for a telephone system. This is commonly used as an internal telephone system in businesses.

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The Private Automatic Branch Exchange is also referred to as PBX by some other people. Most often than not, it has a number of internal lines that are connected to a single switchboard. The fact that there are a lot of mediums connected to the system is the reason why the word “branch” is associated to the term of the system.

The main switchboard and the mediums connected to it are the ones that make it possible to connect all aspects of the system within a certain business together. If you are trying to understand the Private Automatic Branch Exchange for the first time, then you might find it a little too difficult simply because it is a complex machine that can be used as fax machines, modems and telephones. This is what is usually used by businesses to let their employees communicate internally.

How Does PABX Work?

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If you are getting to know what PABX is, it is also important for you to unveil how this system works. This is a modem that serves as the central control station of the system. It is known to be appointed to special codes for every phone number or every phone extension within the company.

This system can also be programmed so that you can assign an automated message to greet your callers before the call goes through to the appointed line. As already stated earlier, the system can also be used as a fax machine. You can program a certain line that goes through to the fax machine from the central control station to let it shine its fax functions. Of course, you can also program the machine so that it can go to a different fax machines at once.

The Development of PABX Machine

Just like any other tech products, this system is being improved continuously to achieve the best of all the best things for a business. As of now, it is currently being modernised so that they can be controlled by a computer system that lets you track all the outgoing and incoming calls in your business. The best thing about this system is that you have the choice to customise it.

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   Jul 19

Benefits of Hiring a Video Production Company

If you are running a business or organising a program, it is not new to encounter the need of having a video for marketing or presentation purposes. This is the reason why film and video production companies are very important. They are the one that provide the best and most professional videos. They are considered to be the masters of this field. If you want to know more about what you can get and what you can expect from them, then read this entire article.

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The Benefits of Hiring Production Companies

It is not a surprise that there are some people and business owners who would prefer to do their own video than to hire a video production company. The most common reason why they want to make the video by their own is that they are on a tight budget. If you are thinking the same way, think twice. Are you sure you want to lose all the benefits you could have? Below are the benefits of hiring corporate video production companies Singapore:

1.       Time

If you outsource the people who will be responsible for video production, you and your team will have more time for more important matters. Isn’t the idea of spending your time finalising your business plan much better than wasting your time trying to make a professional video? Remember that your focus is the operation of the business and you can always designate minor tasks to those who are really good at it to save time and effort.

2.       Cost

It is true that you have to pay once you decide to hire Singapore video production companies. While it might seem that you are spending, the truth is that you are actually saving some money. Remember that the time required for you to make a video will have to take the time needed for productive activities. If you are selling clothes, your main priority is to sell clothes. Nevertheless, if you choose to make the video by yourself, you will lose the time that you could possibly use to close deals or attract customers. Therefore, you will lose sales. Losing sales means losing money.

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3.       Final Output

Video production companies are hired for a reason. They are hired not just because they help you save time, effort and money. They are hired mainly because of their skills and creativity. They are called professionals in this field because they master the art of making a film and video presentation. What they can offer is far above what we, people who are not masters of video production, can offer. Aside from their skills and creativity, the years of experience also contribute to their expertise.

After knowing the benefits one could possibly get when hiring film and video production companies in Singapore, do you still want to create your own video presentation? If you want to have the best and most professional-looking video output, then you will need to entrust this task to the experts.

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