Sep 05

Personal Values of Singaporeans

On July 23, 2015, the Institute of Policy Studies unveiled the recent findings of the personal values of Singaporeans. The survey was done from March to June of this year with 2,000 people. It was conducted by aAdvantage and Barrett Values Center.

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Here are the top ten personal values in the eyes of our people:

  • Family: In the first survey done in 2012, family was number one on the list. Today, it is still the number one. This means that we value the family more than anything else in the world.
  • Responsibility: In 2012 survey, responsibility is number seven and this year, it jumped five notches and becomes number two.
  • Friendship: Friendship was second in 2012 but now it fell one place making it number three.

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  • Happiness: In 2012, happiness is number four and it is still number four now. Happiness is consistent and that is a good thing.
  • Health: In 2012 survey, health is number three but this year, it fell to number five.
  • Caring: Caring was number five in the previous survey but now it is number six.
  • Honesty: Honesty was number six in 2012 survey but it is now at number seven.
  • Compassion: In 2012, compassion did not make it to the top ten but this time, Singaporeans are less self-centred placing the value at number eight.
  • Positive Attitude: Positive attitude is another newcomer. This simply means that we look to the future positively no matter the circumstances. Positive value is at number nine.
  • Respect: Respect made it to the top ten. In the previous survey, respect is at number 9.

These values make Singapore what it is today.

LEE KUAN YEW


   Sep 02

The Three Biggest Challenges of Singapore at 100

Singapore have come a long way and it is still not enough. Singapore will still face big challenges come 100. This is according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was invited by Time Magazine for an interview and it was published on July 23’s issue.

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The Prime Minister identified three biggest challenges when they reach 100. Here are the three biggest challenges:

  • Enhancing the economy: Of all the challenges, this is the immediate challenge. Enhancing the economy means getting the economy to its next levels. The Prime Minister said that getting the economy to its next level is particularly challenging because we are not like the Germans or Japanese.
  • Ageing population: If we do not get the policies about the immigration and birth-rate right, there will be no balance. There will come a day that we will face the same challenges like Japan. The demographics will become a major issue if not considered as early as now.

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  • Maintaining national identity: Keeping our national identity amidst diversity and external forces is also a big challenge. We should feel that we are special and different from others. We also need to keep that sense of unity.

The Prime Minister said that celebrating fifty years of Independence is quite a milestone but this is the perfect time for the city-island to reflect. The world has changed and we still need to face many challenges. All will be possible if we are one and we know what to do. It may be hard but the bottom line here is we know we will succeed like how our forefather envisioned us.

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   Aug 22

5 Great Online Exercise Classes to Take at Home

Not everybody is motivated to consistently workout by themselves, and this is why fitness classes are so popular. But what if you don’t have the luxury of time to attend a fitness class, or even hit the gym? Sure, viewing a fitness DVD at home can help, but it’ll definitely get boring after watching it several times. Luckily, you can still get the exercise that you need even at the comforts of your home by using these six online exercise sites.

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1.       Fitocracy. Fitocracy is among the online exercise sites that turns fitness management into a social game, complete with motivation from other people, achievements to unlock and points to earn to help you in level up while getting in shape. What’s more amazing about this site is that it has an easy-to-use interface and lots of health tracking tools that you can use to ensure that you stay on track even after reaching your fitness goals.

2.       MyFitnessPal. Unlike other fitness sites, MyFitnessPal is a large community of fitness buffs eager and ready to help one another with their fitness, diet and overall health goals. It features a series of tools that’ll help users in logging their meals and workout routines, tracking their diet, and sharing their challenges and experiences in the community. It even has a mobile app to help you keep your meal logs on-the-go and ensure that you stay motivated.

3.       RunKeeper. Been into running exercises lately? Then RunKeeper is the perfect site for you. The site works by helping you monitor your run, review your speed and distance progress and tailor workout routines that will give you the best results over time. Although it doesn’t have a food or diet tracking option, it does help avid runners and exercises to keep track of their activities and even look back over their past performances.

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4.       DailyBurn. DailyBurn is a web and iPhone app that offer options like meal and exercise tracking, calorie counting, and customizable workout plans. Its web app lets you track your performance and monitor your progress, while the iPhone app allows you to update your account, scan certain foods, add meals to your diet log, and keep an eye on your workout schedule while being on-the-go. Aside from that, DailyBurn also has a community of user willing to help each other, either by giving tips and advices, or competing on fitness challenges.

5.       Grokker. Looking for a site that focuses on yoga? The Grokker is the site to use. With this site, you’ll be able to record yoga videos in your profile and create a playlist of the videos that you like the most. Plus, you can also follow some fitness experts to receive a notification every time they post a new video.

Exercising in the gym isn’t ideal for most of us, but with the help of these fitness sites, it’s now possible even for the busiest person to perform their workout routine and stay fit in the comforts of their home.

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   Aug 20

Best Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

It’s that time of the year again where minor ailments like coughs, stuffed nose and sore throats strike. Most of the time, these ailments leave us feeling inconvenient and less than our best, but they aren’t serious reasons enough to justify snuggling under the covers and taking a leave at work. Taking cough syrup, or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, surely is the best way to soothe your colds, but if you’re open to try out some natural remedies first, then here are some of the good choices worth giving a shot.

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1.       Liquorice Root. Even if you’re sore throat is just a minor ailment, it can still be painful enough to interfere with your good night’s sleep. Luckily, you can use liquorice root to soothe the pain and irritation you’re currently feeling. This natural remedy has long been used to cure sore throats, or any of its symptoms. All you’ve got to do is mix it with water to create a solution and gargle it to treat your sore throat.

2.       Honey. Either mixed with tea or taken up straight, honey has long been hailed as an effective home remedy for sore throat. In fact, a study even found that honey was more effective in taming night-time coughs than any cough suppressants. Certainly one of the simplest and sweetest way to treat your sore throat.

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3.       Salt Water. This is perhaps the natural remedy that our mother always recommends. But guess what? Your mom is actually right at suggesting this treatment for you. Gargling warm salt water actually aids in killing bacteria in the throat, and in soothing its painful sensation. To create your own salt water solution, simply mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and use it as a temporary substitute for your usual gargle solution.

4.       Peppermint. Want to have fresh breath and comfortable throat at the same time? Then consider using peppermint oil to relieve your sore throat. Peppermint contains menthol that helps in thinning the mucus and calming any form of cough. Other than that, peppermint also contains antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that encourages sore throat healing. A cool and simple way to treat your sore throat problem.

Aside from using any of these natural remedies, treating a sore throat also requires for you to drink lots of fluids and get a good rest. By doing all of this, you’ll be able to get better quickly and save yourself a trip to the doctor’s office.

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   Jul 17

Household Items That Will Treat Your Acne

Running out of your trusty treatment can be as bad as having PMS without any sweets to soothe your mood swings, especially if you’re constantly dealing with acne problems. When in a pinch though, you’ll be able to find several items on your cupboard that can help you deal with your acne problems naturally. To help you scavenge your kitchen for acne remedies, here are six of the best items you can use for terrible breakouts.

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1.       Aspirin. Other than treating headaches, this miracle medicine can also work wonders in getting rid of acne. Just crush one aspirin in a small bowl with very little water—enough to create a paste. Gently apply it on the affected area and leave it there for a no more than five minutes. Don’t forget to use slather the area with moisturizer after rinsing as the paste can be pretty drying to the skin.

2.       Honey. Not only is honey a powerful superfood, it also is an excellent acne treatment alternative. Being rich with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and live enzymes, a small dab of this is already enough to reduce redness, relieve blemishes, and soften the skin.

3.       Lemon Juice. Lemons are known to be rich in vitamin C and this is what allows them to act as an astringent and anti-inflammatory treatment that effectively eases swelling and eradicates growth of bacteria on the skin. Just squeeze some fresh lemon on a cotton swab and gently dab it onto your blemishes.

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4.       Garlic. It doesn’t just fight off vampires (or so they say), it also get rids of those pesky pimples. All you have to do is rub the garlic juice on the areas that need treatment, and then do your regular face wash regimen. Be careful, though, not to get any juice on your eyes.

5.       Ice. If you’re looking for some quick but temporary acne treatment, then this item is for you. Simply wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and lightly press it against the inflamed area or your pimple. Do this until the redness or swelling subsides, or until the ice has completely melted.

Running out of acne treatment during a severe breakout might be the worst thing that can happen to you, especially on a very important day. However, with these handy household items, you can beat that zit even without your trusty acne-fighting staples.

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   Jul 15

Bust the Bogus Beauty

5 Tricks in Spotting Counterfeit Beauty Products
While there are some relatively good finds and deals on some online sites, there’s no denying that counterfeit or fake goods are also prevalent in such sites. The same is also true with beauty products. With a vast and crowded digital market, you can no longer guarantee the integrity of the product you’re buying. So keep yourself protected by following these tricks in spotting those bogus beauty finds.

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1.       Check on the Product’s Price. A good way to avoid being a victim of such products is to steer clear from beauty products that are sold for just a fraction of its original price. Also, if the site is declaring that there’s an abundance in stock, then it’s a positive sign that they might be selling counterfeit products.

2.       Watch Out for Web Glitches. Experiencing some trouble logging in on the retail website is another warning sign that you may dealing with a scam site. Try logging out and back again if your first try won’t work to ensure that the site isn’t being hacked. Also, ensure that the website address of the online shop you’re dealing with starts with ‘https’ to ensure that you’re going through a secured payment process.

3.       Review the Product’s Return Policy. One good sign that you’re dealing with a fraudulent seller is the absence the return policy of his/her products. This kind of seller won’t give you a chance to return the item once you’ve purchased it. Ensure that the online seller you’re dealing with has a return policy so that you can get refunded when you see or experience some problems with the product.

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4.       Look for the Expiration Date. Another way to avoid falling victim to these scams is to check on the product’s expiration date. Products sold in bulk at convenience stores are often left sitting on a truck until they expire, then they’ll be sold at a discounted rate. Another trick is to check on the batch code. If you can’t seem to find the product’s batch code, then don’t hesitate to withdraw your transaction with the seller.

5.       Double Check on the Brand’s Official Site. This would be a smart move, especially that you’re buying a product online. Most brands have retail information available on their site and this will help you ensure that the products sold at a particular retail outlet has been authorized by the brand.

Blindly ordering beauty products online is what will cause you to fall for such online scams. Practise these tricks, be a proactive shopper and you won’t question the quality of your beauty products ever again.

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   Jun 24

5 Telltale Signs Your Officemate is Crushing on You

You have a huge crush on the cutie a couple of cubicles away from yours. He seems extra-friendly at times, but you’re unsure whether it’s because he also likes you or he’s just being nice to you. So how do you really know if you have a good fighting chance for an office romance? Here are the signs to watch for to know if that coincidental bump to three different places is more than just coincidental.

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1.       Everyone in the office is talking about it.

If the rumour has your name, then there’s a possibility that your crush is secretly crushing on you, too. However, be careful of the stories to believe in. Gossips are half-truths, and as such take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

2.       You accidentally bump into each other a bit too often.

Getting a cup of coffee the same time you do and bumping into each other at the photocopying machine and cafeteria can be a coincident. However, if all happened in the same day, maybe it’s time to reconsider if they are just simple coincidences. It’s probably he’s doing it on purpose because he’s trying to find ways to see you.

3.       He looks at you when he thinks you don’t notice.

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If you regularly catch him peeking at you and looks away immediately when you notice, then it’s likely because you are the apple of his eyes. Even if you’re just busy signing papers or shaking your head to the tune you’re playing in your headphones, he finds you adorable and just can’t get you out of his sight.

4.       He’s extra nice to you.

He offers to carry your laptop to the conference room, grabs you an extra slice of pie when he goes to the cafeteria, and offers to stay with you late at night during overtimes. All of these are obvious signs that he’s really into you—more than just a crush.

5.       He emails or texts you even after work.

A simple text, email, or chat on Facebook asking if you already got home speaks so much of the care he has for you. Congratulations, girl! You now have a virtual guardian who care so much for your best and safety even after office hours.

Have you noticed these signs to that cutie you’re eyeing in the office? Give him a mark out of five and see how possible it is that your crush could also be crushing on you. If you he scores fewer than three, try to spend more time with him—talk to him more at work or go out for a few drinks with your colleagues after work. Spending more time together increases the chances for you two to get to know each other more.

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   Jun 19

5 Ways to Improve Air Quality At Home

You and your family can breathe easier and be healthier if you improve your home’s air quality. Reducing allergens, such as moulds, dust mites, fungus, spores, and animal dander is among the sure-fire ways to have cleaner air. Along with that, several more ways can be done to improve the quality of air you have at one.

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1. Check Your Wall Paint: Over time, inhaling flakes and dust from lead-based paint can cause brain damage. If you suspect your wall paints at home contain lead, have it checked. If it does contain lead, don’t remove it yourself; hire a professional.

2. Choose Furniture Made with Metal or Hardwood: Shelving, panelling, furnishings, and construction materials made with pressed-wood products (e.g. particle board and plywood) are assembled with urea-formaldehyde adhesives, which is said to be human carcinogens. This chemical can exacerbate allergic reactions and can irritate respiratory tract infection. For a much cleaner air, go for hardwood- or metal-made furnishings.

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3. Opt for Less harmful Household Products: To avoid access to harmful chemicals, look for detergent-based products on which the words “caution,” “flammable,” or “danger” does not appear. While these products are usually kept in hard-to-reach areas, they can release aerial substance and contaminate the air at your home.

4. Clean Air Conditioners: Both window type and central air conditioning model can accumulate moulds over time, especially when a unit is not in use. To keep the air produced from your air conditioning unit clean, change the aircon’s filters and empty the water trays regularly.

5. Keep the Fireplace or Woodstove Guarded: In addition to producing irritating combustion, unguarded fireplaces and woodstoves can fill the air with dangerous ash particles if you burn anything other than hardwood. Likewise, damp firewood can release mould spores. In order to limit the pollution, use the fireplace and woodstove only when highly needed and cover them up when not in use.

Improving air quality doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be done cheaply by simply being conscious f your home’s cleanliness. Skip the expensive air purifiers and consider these tips instead for a healthier and cleaner air for your family.

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   Jun 06

5 Ways to Improve Blood Circulation

Oftentimes, because of work, we spend most of our day sitting at our desk. This sedentary lifestyle many of us have can lead to swelling of feet, ankles, and calves.

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Yes, we’re talking about poor blood circulation. If you’re a few pounds overweight and is experiencing swelling of lower legs, it’s probably because of your blood flow. So here are five exercises you can do during—and after—work to get your blood running.

1.       Take the Stairs

When you’re wearing heels and carrying thick accounting books and folders and folders of papers, the last thing you want to do is to take the stairs. However, taking the stairs when going up and down the building isn’t only a great form of exercise, but also helps stretch leg muscles and get the blood flowing all the way down to the very tip of your toes.

2.       Have Some Spice

If you can stand a bit of spice on your food and don’t suffer from any gastroenterological problems, then go for it. Spicy food is good source of low density lipoprotein (LDL), which helps wash away fat and cholesterol, and helps the body dissolve blood clots that may potentially form. And since spicy foods are rich in vitamins A and C, they can raise your body temperature, increasing blood flow.

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3.       Stretch Out Every Once In a While

Get up, grab your cubicle mates, and do a five-minute stretching. Not only this increases your blood circulation, your eyes also get to take a break from staring all day at the computer. Let your mind relax, your hand off the keyboard, and reach up high or down to your toes for a quick stretch and instant boost of blood circulation.

4.       Go On a Hike

Take your dog and go out for a walk. Try brisk walking by simply catching up with your dog’s speed. You’ll not only enjoy some bonding time with your furball, but you’ll also get your heart pumping and blood flowing in a matter of three to five minutes.

5.       Relax

It all boils down to stress, doesn’t it? When you’re stressed and noticed that your footsies don’t quite fit in your favourite Louboutins, consider relaxing and doing breathing exercises, which you can certainly do without leaving your table; or try meditating for 15 minutes a day. Also, try listening to mood booster music while working, if you can.

Poor blood circulation can put you at risk for more serious disease. Don’t get too tied up with work, and give your health and body it’s well-deserved break every now and then.

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   Jun 04

6 Secrets to Improving Your Memory

If you feel that you’re experiencing memory gaps way too early, it’s probably because you’re overworking your brain. When you start noticing that you’re being forgetful, it’s time to hit the brakes and look into these seven techniques on how you can help your brain work at its best cognitive performance.

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1. Eat Well. A good-working body and mind is attributed to healthy lifestyle and diet. Once you adjust your diet to accommodate the kinds of food that contain antioxidants, your brain gets a fair share of dietary goodness, improving your memory and overall health.

2. Get Moving. Physical activities don’t only do benefit your waistline, but also your brain. Exercise gets increases your heart rate and blood flow, meaning your brain gets enough amount of oxygen to function properly. Overtime, regular exercise help keeps you from being overweight and health complication that can trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Drink Moderately. A glass of red wine may help boost your brain power due to adequate amount of flavanoids, but an entire bottle can mess up your memory and shut your brain down. Try asking your friends who you know have woken up to an awful hangover.

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4. Play Mind Stimulating Games. Start honing your Sudoku skills or your crossword ability as experts confirmed that solving puzzles is a good way to keep your brain active. As regular physical exercise keeps the body well-toned, mental exercises also keep the brain healthy.

5. Write Things Down. One of the simplest ways to improve your memory is to write down significant information. The act of writing things down on a piece of paper cements the data that’s in your head for easier retrieval. Just make sure to write in complete sentence—say, “Pick up Sam at school, 2pm” instead of “Sam 2pm”—to fully remember the things you need to do.

6. Meditate. Meditating isn’t only meant to clear your thoughts; it’s also a good way to improve your focus. According to studies, setting aside at least 10 minutes of your day to relax your body and mind can greatly increase mindfulness, which leads to sharper memory.

Our modern lifestyle plays a significant part to cognitive decline. Exerting more effort by doing all or any of these practices as early as now will greatly help in improving our memory and keeping our brain healthy.

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