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.


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).


  • 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!


   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).


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:


  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.


   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.


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:


  • 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.


   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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


   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.


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.


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.


   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.


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.


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.


   Sep 23

5 Tips to Increase Your Motivation to Lose Weight

Starting the path to weight loss is actually easy since your motivation to lose weight is high and you’re pretty much determined that, this time, you’re going to reach your weight goal. But then, you start sliding back to your old habits and your weight loss motivation starts to drop. Still, there’s no need to feel down. We’ve got you completely covered. Here, we’ve rounded up five tips on how you can increase your weight loss motivation and reach the weight goal you’ve always wanted.


1.       Create a Visual Goal. One good way to help you boost your weight loss motivation is by creating a visual goal. Create a collage of pictures that perfectly represent your weight loss goals and place it somewhere you can easily it. Remember that more often you see your goal, the more you desire to achieve it. With this, your motivation will be unbreakable and your drive to lose weight will be unstoppable.

2.       Celebrate the Process of Losing Weight. One of the major reasons why your motivation slacks after a week of performing your weight loss regimen is because you fail to recognize the little achievements that you made along the way. Stop doing this now. Instead, make it a habit to honour yourself for every achievement you’ve made, no matter how small or big that change is. Doing so will instantly increase your motivation and renew your energy to achieve more accomplishments along the way.

3.       Lose the Weighing Scale. Almost all of us have an emotional relationship with our weighing scale because instead of using it to only measure our weight, we use it to also measure our self-worth. Some of the good alternatives to measure your fat loss is by doing a caliper test or taking measurements at various points in your body (like your biceps, chest, hips, thighs and waist) and monitor these points monthly. Both options will give you a more accurate result while keeping you off the motivational roller coaster ride that most weighing scales create.


4.       Surround Yourself With Inspirational Media. Whether you listen to motivational podcasts or curl up with an uplifting book, surrounding yourself with enriching thoughts is another way to boost your motivation and help you achieve your goal. In fact, it doesn’t have to be just about weight loss, it can actually be anything that motivates you and makes you want to reach new levels. So do yourself a favour, and keep these things around you to ensure that your inner spark keeps on burning.

5.       Come Up With a ‘Why’ List. Another way to boost your motivation is to list down the reasons why you want to lose weight. So if you want to motivate yourself throughout the entire process, you have to fully understand your reasons. The more knowledgeable you are with your reasons to reach your goal, the better. So keep this list with you at all times to help you increase your motivation when you can’t seem to motivate yourself.

Keep the following tips in mind so that you can stay enthusiastic during the entire process. Not only will these tips increase your motivation, it’ll also help in decreasing your weight. Definitely the trade-off that you want to get.


   Sep 22

Tips for Choosing the Right Surgeon for an Aesthetic Treatment

It is a human nature to desire to be beautiful. In most cases, an attractive appearance corresponds to a positive self-esteem. It makes people feel good about themselves and they become more favored by others. This is the reason why aesthetic clinics have become popular in Singapore and all over the world.


However, the journey to becoming the best versions of ourselves must be taken with great care. Our safety should not be compromised solely for the purpose of looking better. Therefore, if you are thinking about taking any surgical aesthetic treatment, it’s very important that you choose the right surgeon. The following are the important points to remember when looking for a professional aesthetic clinic expert.

Expertise and Experience

When choosing a surgeon or an aesthetic clinic where you’ll have your procedure in, look for one with a reputation for delivering quality results. Check the background and evaluate the qualifications of your options. You can mostly find them in their respective websites and find out new information like Astique provides painless coolsculpting in Singapore if you are considering to reduce your fat, but you can also get crucial information from directory or review websites. Take special note of their “before and after” photographs to judge the success of their treatments.


It’s also necessary to know whether an aesthetic surgeon is licensed by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Whether he or she works in a renowned aesthetic clinic Singapore or operates in private and using only other hospital’s operating room, knowing that their facility has been accredited by relevant governing bodies in Singapore guarantees that they work with certain standards. Any reputable surgeon should be capable and ready to assure you with the precautions they have taken in their practice.

Assistant Check

In addition to knowing your primary surgeon, also try to check up on your surgeon’s assistants who will be present on your surgical treatment. In some procedures, especially those that involve surgery, professionals work in teams to ensure that the operation runs smoothly. A surgeon’s support team typically includes an anaesthetist, a staff of nurses, and a manned recovery room along with technicians.


Tested Methods

There are always technological advancements and new procedures coming out in the market, which, in most cases, carries more risks than advantages. Do not undergo any treatment method that is still in its trial stages, especially if you only need the procedure for a minor correction. If you opt to take a treatment that is relatively new, still check that it has been thoroughly tested and that you are fully aware of its possible complications. Choose a proven option with set results over new ones with just promises.

Customer Service

Throughout the process of beautifying yourself, make sure that you’re treated and served well. Some of those signs are obvious a few minutes after you have walked into a surgeon’s office. Notice how staffs treat you the moment you enter the office. Are they helpful and friendly? Do they address your needs right away? Do they clearly explain clearly the realities of the surgery and the recovery? If you can answer these questions positively, then that’s a good sign that you’re in good hands.

Aesthetic Sensibility

We all have different perspective of beauty—what one person finds beautiful may be unappealing to another. This is why it’s important to find a cosmetic surgeon that has aesthetic sensibility same as yours or at least you can relate to. For this, you can’t just rely to a friend’s recommendation or depend solely on the surgeon’s experience. Examine carefully photos of results for each surgeon you come across with.

Choosing the right aesthetic surgeon for your plastic surgery is dependent on various factors. Apart from living with possibly lifetime regrets, not working with a reputable and professional doctor might end up incurring more expenses or worse further complications from the procedure. To make sure you’re getting the best and the safest services, do research and keep these important tips in mind.

MAS Magnifique Facial Promo Pics - 11 copy

   Sep 13

Stages an Entrepreneur Needs to Go Through

Forget the eight to twelve hours duty every day. Why not become an entrepreneur and have our own time? This is ideal of course but being an entrepreneur is not for all Singaporeans. We might have heard of successful stories of some Singaporeans but we do not have the guts to give it a try.


Being in the safe zone is better than risking our whole life, career and properties. However, there are others who fearlessly give up everything and decide to become an entrepreneur. For those who are at the crossroads, it takes a giant leap to get to where we want to.

We should know the stages so we will know when we get there. Here are the stages that every entrepreneur must go through:

  • Stage 1: We were building a career but there was a feeling of unfulfilment – dragging ourselves to work every single day is one classical sign. We know that that career was making us unhappy but we did not do anything about it. One day, we found ourselves burned out.
  • Stage 2: We are burned out, what is our alternative? Look for the same job but with a different employer or build the business we planned for a long time? We should pick the latter but because of the uncertain future, we fear of even starting it.


  • Stage 3: We come up with million reasons not to do it. There is a part of us saying that we can do this but a bigger part says that we should avoid it. So, we think of million reasons or excuses not to do it and saying to ourselves, everything is a bad idea.
  • Stage 4: When we know deep inside that things need to change, we have to say no. No to another offer or position. We will realize at the end of the day that these no will simply become an opportunity.
  • Stage 5: Figuring it out is difficult but if we have someone to help us, things will be easier and it will make a lot of sense.
  • Stage 6: It is time that we take the plunge or the leap. Whether we believe in the universe conspiring to make our dream come true or our hard work, the important thing here is freedom. We now have the freedom to do the things that make us happy and that is enough to attract opportunity.

The point here is never to get stuck to a job that makes us unhappy. Here’s to the future!


   Sep 11

How to Encourage Kids to do More Reading

It is not easy to be a parent but when we get the hang of it, things will eventually make sense. As a parent, the hardest part is teaching our kids to read and instil that reading can make a difference at the end of the day. We have to think of different strategies and sometimes, it is getting tedious and hopeless.


We should never lose hope. Encouraging our kids to do more reading is possible if we are determined. Our kids might lose interest in reading or leaning in general but we should not. So, in line with that, we have to encourage them to do more reading. Here are some tips:

  • Read me a story: We have to make reading a habit by conducting  “read me a story” time. Whether we are snuggled under the covers or sitting at the couch, we have to make sure that stories are interesting. This is our way of enticing them so they will look forward to more stories and evenings.
  • Beyond books: Books are traditional but it doesn’t mean that we have to stop using it. If our kids do not like the thought of hardbound books, we have to think of other things. There are other things that we can consider beyond books. For example, we can consider comic books, magazines, ebooks and the like. Learning transcends into different forms, we have to keep that in mind.

Father and Son Reading Together

  • Keep it fun: Though we are not their classroom teachers, we have to think of things to keep them interested as though we are making their lesson plans. When we are reading, we have to keep them involve by thinking of mini activities. At the end of the story, we have to synthesize it so they will understand especially life lessons.
  • Allot time: In connection with the first tip about “read me a story”, it is important that we allot time to do it. We should not randomly do. We have to set a time so our kids will look forward to that moment. We should not squeeze it in between dance and soccer lessons; it should have its own time and slot. This is to instil to our kids that reading is an important activity that needs time and full attention.

Reading is still important here in Singapore amidst technological advances. We have to continue feeding the mind and enriching the imagination. It does not end there because in reading, we are also inspiring the spirit.

Asian girl reading book