Feb 15

Before Signing Up for a VoIP Service

If you’re an individual with little idea about the technicalities of internet telephony, then looking for a quality VoIP Singapore service provider could be seriously challenging. Many people get into trouble after signing a voice over IP contract with a provider. In many cases it is because the client wasn’t able to fully discuss his terms, or he has overlooked some important matters and only realized it after the deal was closed. In order to avoid such situations, one should consider the following before sealing the deal with a VoIP service provider.

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1. All About the Cost
If you’re attracted to a price displayed on an advertisement, make sure to double check. Keep in mind that most providers hide the real costs behind attractive advertisements. When inquiring about the promotion, ask everything in detail. You should ask questions like:

• Is the required equipment included in the price quote?
• Do I need to rent or buy the phone?
• Will the VoIP setup need more hardware/software than what you’ll provide?
• What are the international and local rates? Do local rates differ for every region?
• Is the technology based on PBX or VOIP?

2. Technical Support
Sooner or later, there will come a time when you will need the support of the Singapore ip pbx telephone number experts for your line subscription. For this, you need to make sure that there are professionals nearby – electronically or physically – to assist you with the technical issues. Local service would be better if maintenance is a top priority. Try exploring your local options before considering services from outside Singapore.

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3. Compatibility with PSTN Phones
If you’re planning to integrate a VoIP system to your organization, find out whether the system is compatible with your existing phone sets. Modern analog phones can be used on voice over IP services as effectively as IP Phones, but not PBX phones. However, this depends on the type of plan. Subscribing to a service that allows usage of existing telephone sets, instead of purchasing new IP Phones, which cost more than a hundred dollar, can save you lots of money. Inquire first whether it’s possible to use existing phone sets with a VoIP Singapore service.

4. Mobility Features
Though you don’t need mobility now, you might need it later, most especially if you’re deploying a VoIP service in your company. Inquire about mobile applications and remote connectivity. This is especially helpful in contacting employees, co-workers, or your family. Again, do not forget to ask the cost associated with this feature.

5. Emergency Service Calls
Being able to reach emergency hotlines through VoIP is among the issues discussed greatly by Singapore service providers and consumers. The possibility of making emergency calls is an important matter that people must consider. So whether or not it’s your top priority, talk about that with your provider.

Though there are many things you need to clarify with a VoIP Singapore provider, the items we’ve listed above are the most important ones. Always remember that the price should never be the only factor to consider before sealing the deal with your VoIP provider. The features must be given more importance than the cost of the service deployment.

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   Jan 20

Stretch Marks: Their Causes and What You Can Do About Them

Stretch marks – they’re the bane of many a moms and weight-gainers. We cover them up and treat them as best we could. But what exactly are stretch marks?

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Why Stretch Marks Occur

The elasticity of our skins have a limit. When our bodies expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy, the inner layer of the skin called the dermis develop tears to accommodate the growth. Even if we lose weight after, the stretched skin, most commonly in the hips and thighs, remain lax and the striped tears remain visible.

Most Common Causes

The most common cause of stretch marks is pregnancy, but it also commonly results from puberty, dramatic weight gain, or body-building. It may also result from the use of medications with corticosteroid and certain from certain medical conditions like Cushing’s syndrome and Marfan syndrome. Stretch marks are hereditary.

Preventing Stretch Marks

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While there are no absolute methods to prevent stretch marks, they can be minimized by keeping the body hydrated to increase skin elasticity. This can be done by drinking plenty of water and applying moisturizing creams on target areas. Exercising also helps as it increases the suppleness of the skin and removes toxins.

Stretch Marks Treatment

According to Dr. Frank Wang, head of a study on stretch marks at the University of Michigan, almost all treatments sold at pharmacies don’t work because they don’t reach the dermis, which is really the problem. So far, the proven effective treatment for stretch marks is laser therapy.

Living with Stretch Marks

In truth, stretch marks should be a cause of embarrassment. Women can still be beautiful even with stretch marks. In fact, if a woman’s stretch marks resulted from her giving birth, then it’s not just something she should just live with, it’s something she should be proud of.

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   Jan 18

Advice for Busy Mums: Be Like the Dutch

Multiple researches have found that the Netherlands have the happiest children in the world, while further studies found that their mothers have pretty much the same disposition. What is it that makes the Dutch so happy? And can Singaporean moms emulate that to improve their homes?

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No Competition With the Neighbors

With 407 people per square-kilometer, the Netherlands has the highest population density in Europe. But unlike in most countries with packed communities, the culture in the country does not promote constantly comparing one’s self to one’s neighbors. The result is that Dutch people don’t harbor feelings of insecurity and families are generally pretty satisfied with their lots in life.

Letting People Be Themselves

Chinese parents typically push their children to be successful and have the lives they wish they had – not so Dutch parents. Far from this, in fact, Dutch children are allowed to express themselves and lead their own lives. The kids aren’t burdened by their parents’ expectations, and the parent’s don’t live in anxiety whether their kids will become successful in life.

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Accomplished at Home and at Work

Lots of Singapore moms struggle to balance home life with their professional career. Dutch moms solve this problem by doing only part-time work. This way, they remain engaged with people and able to pursue their passions, yet still be there to prepare meals and help the kids with their schoolwork.

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A big part of what makes Dutch moms happy is the comfort afforded to them by their government. In Netherlands, education is practically free, medical expenses are largely covered by their compulsory health insurance, and parents are given a quarterly stipend by the state to help with the cost of raising children.

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   Dec 08

Getting the Most of Your Coolsculpting Results

Do you have that annoying extra amount of fat in your thigh or around your abdomen that you want to get rid of? Coolsculpting can give you just that. Unlike other fat removal methods, such as liposuction, which requires surgery to remove fat from the body, coolsculpting Singapore does the same thing using cold temperature to freeze and destroy stubborn fat in certain body areas.

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It’s a non-invasive option and has little to no downtime. After the treatment, you can easily go back to work and regular activities right away. It usually takes a couple of months for the results to show up, and you can double the results by doing the procedure two or more times.

While this method destroys the fat permanently, it’s not a magic pill when it comes to weight loss. The procedure is not an ideal option for those who want to lose a lot of weight. And though the targeted fat cells are gone for good, the remaining fat cells can get accumulate more fat and can make you gain weight. Good thing there are things you can do to get the most from your coolsculpting treatment.

1.       See It As a Jumpstart to Your Weight Loss Journey

Coolsculpting Singapore is not the solution to lose weight. If you’re 20 pounds overweight, you may want to consult your doctor for other weight loss options before considering coolsculping. However, if you only have a few pounds to lose, say not more than 10, this method can be a good start for your weight loss journey. Watching your body getting slimmer over the months can be the motivation you need to lose those last few pounds.

2.       Keep a Healthy Diet

After the treatment, continue to eat healthily, do regular exercise, and have enough sleep and rest. Many patients feel more encouraged to live a healthier life after the treatment. It is as if they are given another chance to take care of themselves more. Remember, coolsculpting Singapore is an excellent fat-reduction procedure, but maintaining best results is solely up to you.

3.       Be Patient With the Results

Results begin showing up three weeks after the treatment, with noticeable changes in two months due to the lymphatic system’s natural process of ejecting fat out of the body. Full result, which is usually 25 percent fat reduction, will appear in four to six months. Although one treatment can already produce noticeable results, many Singapore patients opt to get another treatment to achieve desired results.

4.       Get Enough Sleep and Rest

Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure, so most likely you can return to your normal activities right after the treatment. However, it makes a huge difference for your body—and mood—to allow some time to rest. This way, you give your body enough break time to return to it’s normal functioning state.

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5.       Drink More Liquid

Liquid beverages help speed up elimination of wastes from the body, so drink ample amount of it every day.  But be sure to go for healthier drinks, like fresh fruit juices, tea, or water. Skip the soda and preserved fruit juices as these will only contribute to the accumulation of fat in the remaining fat cells in your body.

6.       Try Wearing a Compression Garment

If you have treatment done on your belly area, a compression garment can help relief discomfort. Doctors recommend wearing one to minimize any friction or movement in the treated area. Ask your doctor if they can recommend a good brand or style for the particular treated area of your body.

7.       Schedule a Follow-Up

By scheduling a follow-up check-up, your current state will not only be examined, but your doctor will also be able to gauge the next course of action. Perhaps, you may want to do another treatment on the same area or different areas. Patients who have had more than one treatment tend to see faster and better results. Talk to your doctor to help achieve your desired coolsculpting results.

What Happens If You Gain Weight?

Perhaps, you’re wondering whether weight gain is possible after having the treatment. After all, the targeted fat cells are destroyed and eliminated from the body for good. While it is true that you will no longer gain back the lost fat cells, weight gain can still happen.

Why? It is because the process of losing or gaining weight is different from the process of destroying the fat cells. When you lose weight, fat cells shrink, making you look slimmer. When you gain pounds, you don’t gain more cells. Instead, the fat cells existing in your body become larger, so you also look larger.

If you gain weight after the procedure, it is because the remaining fat cells in the treated area have increased in size. However, since you have lesser fat cells in the treated areas, you may notice that untreated areas gain more fat than the treated parts.

It is important to remember that coolsculpting is best for patients looking to “sculpt” their body, not to lose weight. Without the extensive recovery period associated with surgical fat-removal methods like liposuction, coolsculpting Singapore can make you feel more confident wearing those bikinis, crop tops, and skinny jeans in no time. If you think this procedure is the solution you’re looking for, make sure to work only with a reputable and certified aesthetic clinic.

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   Dec 03

A Guide to Creating Stunning Reflection Photography

You are tired of the usual photography. You think that there is more. The good news is that you can endeavour reflection photography. Reflection photography is common here in Singapore. This is not a new prose but many Singaporeans are drawn to it. The rewards can be stunning if you give it a chance.

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You see many reflection pictures with stunning results but you haven’t really thought about embracing it. Reflection photography is an excellent avenue to expand your photography experience. The thing is, those dramatic shots are hard to capture. It looks easy but you have to know that it is more than capturing a still picture.

If you decide to pursue reflection photography, it would help you to consider the following guidelines:

  • Learn the basics: You have to remember that reflections come in different appearances and forms. Despite this, there a few essential techniques that can assist you in achieving better results. For example, in terms of depth of field, it is better to choose higher f-number (like f/11 or higher) – you can use this to level out the subjects of your shots. In terms of focus, you have to ascertain the distance between the reflection and the subject. Lastly, you have to think of the light’s angle and how it can touch the reflection.
  • Know water and landscapes: Everything you need to capture a breath-taking scene is around you. The trick is to maximize its potential. If you want to look for a perfect reflection photo, you have to start early in the morning or when the sun is setting – this will provide you with the best lighting. Never forget to bring your tripod and utilize filters. For filters, you can use a polarizing filter (so you can control the shine from the water) or graduated neutral density (so you can keep from overexposing the sky).

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  • Look for shiny things: There is a huge number of reflection photography that only focuses on water. You have to know that there are plenty of surfaces that you can utilize like glass, mirrors, wood, tiles and metals. These surfaces do not absorb light so tread carefully when you will use lighting.
  • Enjoy the experimentation: Many people think that reflection photography is abstract. At the end of the day, the picture or the message that you want to evoke will depend on your shots. No matter what other people say, you have to enjoy it and experiment for as long as you can. There will come a time that you can produce stunning and remarkable reflection photos.
  • For sure you can create dramatic and stunning reflection photography. Just give it time and all your efforts will manifest. Reflection photography is meant to be shared so when you capture something remarkable, it is surely worth sharing. Good luck on this endeavour!

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   Nov 17

Boosting Employability of Students

When we graduate, the next step is to secure a job. Securing a job here in Singapore is easy for some but there are others who have difficulties looking for a job. Schools need to increase the employability of their students like in the case of National University of Singapore (NUS).

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The school is allocating $30 million to help students and their graduates to advance their career skills as well as boost employability. The money will be poured on the life skills programme for its students. It does not end there because the money will also be used to set up an institute that will offer education courses such as applied statistics, languages and software engineering.

The plans will be set next year. In boosting the employability of students, there will be two thrusts which were revealed by Professor Tan. The thrusts include:

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  1. Maximizing potentials: The first thrust involves maximizing the aspirations and potentials of students long-term and short-term.
  2. Deepening research: The second thrust involves expanding the data science and healthcare research of the university. NUS actually partnered with Ministry of Health and National University Health System for advance healthcare system.

NUS’ initiative is part of the SkillsFuture initiative which is a national movement. Other schools are encourage to take part in expanding the expertise and the skills of students. This will prepare students to take part in the world of working people.

We have something to look forward over the next years. A School of Continuing and Lifelong Education will provide a different learning curriculum which will odder certificate courses.

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   Nov 12

Educating Kids About Diversity

Here in Singapore, we boast of diversity. We experience diversity every day that sometimes we are confused even as an adult. How much confusion will our kids undergo? With this, it is crucial that we teach our kids to be understanding when it comes to diversity.

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Diversity has offered our country with cultural lushness and vitality but it also caused severe problems like discrimination, prejudice and racism. Singapore is against these actions thereby the signing of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) last October 9, 2015.

Our kids are very young to understand about the convention but we can start educating them about diversity. As parents, here are simple ways that we can help our kids understand the differences among people and hopefully they will learn to be tolerant to such differences:

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  • Interaction: We cannot preach about diversity if our kids do not see us with other people. We have to show our interaction with diversity through our business relations and friends. This action will speak louder than words.
  • Books and programs: We can also bring books and screen programs that talk about diversity.
  • Provide opportunities: We have to provide our kids with avenues or opportunities to interact with many people.
  • Answer child’s queries: When our children talks about diversity, we have to listen without judging. When they ask questions, we have to explain well the differences of people and instil respect no matter the differences.

Dealing with diversity can be challenging but if the society understands roles, the world will be a better, safer and less chaotic.

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   Oct 20

The Tenets of Good Health

Amidst the busy city life, we tend to forget about our health, which is the most important aspect of our existence. Without a good health, everything we work and study are left for naught. To be an overall healthy person, here are rules to get you started in your healthy lifestyle.

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  • Food is Fuel

Food is supposed to be fuel for our bodies. Food doesn’t exist to keep ourselves happy when we’re down. While it’s not wrong to indulge into treats that offer very little nutritional value, you should go for those that both nutritious and delicious.

  • Take a Break

Like our muscles, our minds also need to rest once in a while. That’s why we are statutorily provided with vacation leaves and semester breaks. They exist for us to take vacations and rest our body and mind from all the stress that work and school tend to put on us.

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  • Well-Balanced Exercise

Exercising isn’t only to make us look good. You should make sure that your exercise regimen strikes a good balance between cardiovascular health and muscle building. Cardio improves overall heart health and stamina while muscle building makes us better looking.

  • Go Visit a Doctor

Nobody is better equipped to help you with your nutritional and health needs than a medical doctor. You’ll never be able to know the status of your health without regular check-ups. Seeing a professional also helps you set-up your health goals and keep track of them.

  • Sleep Isn’t for the Weak

Sleep is actually for strong people because sleep makes us stronger. Lack of sleep disrupts a person’s metabolism and hormonal regulation. This means that you’ll tend to get less nutrients from food and your body and mind will function less efficiently.

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   Oct 16

When to Toss Your Make-Up Tools

Are you still using the same exact eyelash curler since, maybe middle school? Well, we hate to break it to you, but that make-up tool needs an upgrade.

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Unfortunately, like your mascara and other beauty products, your make-up gadgets also collect dirt and bacteria over time. This isn’t only disgusting, but it could also hamper your tools from working their best. However, the good news is, you don’t necessarily need to buy new ones. Many of your tools only require a good scrub or replacement of some parts to be in tiptop condition again. Here’s how to breathe life into your old, trusty beauty tools.

1.       Make-Up Sponges

Wash them weekly or when needed (if not performing the same). Keep in mind that sponges are birthing ground for bacteria, so use mild detergent diluted in warm water when washing them. Squeeze the sponge into the solution until all of the makeup pigment comes out; air-dry it out in the open. Replace your sponges every three months—or sooner if you use them every day.

2.       Make-Up Brushes

Generally, make-up brushes should be washed at least once a month. However, brushes used for applying concealers and foundation must be cleansed more frequently as thick, liquid products tend to build up quicker. Swirl the brush in shampoo and hold it under running water until the water comes off clear. Good quality brushes can last forever, but if the hair starts shedding, expect a trip to Sephora soon.

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3.       Eyelash Curler

That eyelash curler you’ve been holding on to since forever, you can restore it by replacing only the lash pads. This should be done every six months to keep the pads flexible enough to provide the best curls for the lashes. That’s not enough, though—you still have to give the tool a good clean every two weeks. Wipe it down with cotton soaked in baby oil to remove any mascara residue.

4.       Make-Up Bag

Any make-up bag should be cleansed twice a week. With a bunch of make-up products stocked in it and constant exposure to heat and darkness, your make-up bag can be an ideal environment for microbes. Empty your make-up bag and turn it inside out before washing or wiping it down with antiseptic wipes.

With proper care, your make-up tools can last a good amount of time. However, the quality of your beauty gadgets does matter, so make sure you’re buying only good-quality products in the first place.

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   Sep 27

A Career Woman’s Guide to Boost Her Confidence in the Business World

Although it’s no longer a man’s world, that’s not to say that life is always easy for most women – especially when it comes developing a career in the business world. Men are still predominantly given higher salaries and are appointed to higher positions. Still, this shouldn’t put you off from achieving your dreams and career goals. All you need is some extra confidence to get to where you should be, and to help you with that, we’ve listed down five simple tips on how you can boost your self-esteem and fulfil your potential as a career woman.

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1.       Practice Equates to Confidence. Does practicing have something to do with boosting your confidence? In reality, it does. Practicing is actually one of the best ways to overcome your anxiety in your job role. Sure, it might mean putting in a few hours but in the long run, it’ll all be worth it. Before you even know it, you’ll already be booming with confidence and is already a whiz at whatever you were previously stuck on.

2.       Avoid the Perfectionism Trap. We all strive for perfection, but in reality, we’re not even sure if perfection does exist. Business is simply about doing your best. Trying to perfect a certain task will only consume a ridiculous amount of your energy, time and even your self-confidence. Sure, there are right and wrong ways of doing things, but remember that it won’t really matter if the method you’re using is perfect or not. Learn to settle with a well-done task and move on. It’s the only way you’ll be able to climb up the career ladder.

3.       Learn to Make Solid Decisions. Making solid decisions, even if they turn out as mistakes later on, is a key part to win in the business world. Listen to your instincts, make snappy decisions and stick with them. You might make some wrong decisions from time to time but don’t fret. Remember that by making mistakes, we learn and grow as an individual.

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4.       Get Rid of Your Limiting Beliefs. More often than not, we box ourselves in never doing something because we think that we can’t do it. We use excuses like being too inexperienced, too old or too young to avoid doing a particular thing. These self-limiting beliefs are what holds us back from reaching our true potential. So start getting rid of these beliefs now by listing all of them down, analysing what you’ve written and turn all of it into something positive.

5.       Take Action. If you want something, then it’s the right time to do something and make it happen. Jump at every opportunity that comes at you and decide what path you’ll be taking on in the business world. Being able to define your life and career will be an amazing confidence booster because you’ll feel like you’re in complete control of where you’re headed.

As a woman, establishing and developing a career won’t really be easy. A lot of obstacles will keep you from reaching your goal, but don’t let that stop you. Be confident. Believe in yourself and in what you can do, and you’ll be amazed at how fast you can climb up the career ladder and be on the spot where you’re supposed to be.

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