5 Cool Money-Saving Tips When Moving To Singapore

Singapore is a haven for backpackers, expatriates, and budget travelers from across the world. Despite all the tremendous fun this magical city has to offer, it also has a nefarious reputation of being expensive. If you’re planning on visiting the city, you may want to acquaint yourself with some handy money-saving tips to avoid a financial meltdown. It’s widely known that many expats lose cash over trifle mistakes, and end up learning the hard way. Here are a few tips expats can use to keep their money safe and watch it grow altogether.   Understand how property taxes work. If you have houses for rent back home, you may be wondering whether you should rent them out, sell them, or keep them. This decision varies depending on property taxes, experienced from one country to another. Some countries don’t charge you any taxes as a non-resident, allowing you the benefit of maximizing rental income. In others, the taxes may rise when you turn your apartment into a for-rent property. Make sure you solve these issues first before moving to Singapore to avoid unnecessary costs. If you wish to sell or rent your property, make sure to do so before landing your foot in Singapore. A tip: If you’re hunting for a house, studio apartments in Singapore are best known for their attractive and competitive rates.   Don’t assume that Singapore’s tax is as simple as it looks. Many people think that Singapore’s tax system is simple to deal with because of its lack of capital gains and inheritance tax. However, you may find a lot in print that can cost...

Turn Heads with This 5 Step Skin Care Routine for the Modern Man

If you’re a man in this modern day and age, you’ve probably been awakened to the realization that skin care isn’t just for women. Who said that taking care of skin is a responsibility exclusive for women, anyway? All things considered, men actually need to care for their skin more aggressively because they’re significantly more prone to oil and dirt. You might be thinking it’s time for you to switch up your daily skin care routine, in exchange for something a little more robust to answer the needs of your skin. But what exactly do you need to change? Find out how to turn heads every time you walk by with this effective 5-step skin care routine, developed just for men like you. 1. Exfoliate with Facial Scrub – First things first: you need to exfoliate. If you’re not familiar with the practice, this basically means you need to rub away any excess dirt, oil, or dead cells from your skin to uncover the healthy and undamaged layer underneath. Use an exfoliating facial scrub and work away any dirt and filth from your face. Rub gently and thoroughly to make sure you cover all areas for an even and smooth finish. This will serve as the base for the rest of the products you’ll use throughout the process. 2. Apply Beard Oil – No, your shampoo won’t work the same way on your beard as it does on your hair. If you’re the kind of guy who likes growing a beard, you should know that it takes a lot more to nourish facial hair. Using beard oil on your...

5 Important Safety Tips That New Stay-At-Home Moms Shouldn’t Miss

There isn’t a responsibility, a duty, or a job as hectic, troubling, or rewarding as being a stay-at-home mom. For lots of new mothers, being able to watch their new baby grow and being there to provide all the care and love needed to keep their little one healthy and happy is a top priority. That’s why it’s no surprise why many new mothers choose to take long leaves from work or quit their jobs all together. In Singapore, mothers are given 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. If you’re a new stay-at-home mom, ensure that every day you spend with your baby is free from accidents and perils. Find out how to stay safe at home with your baby by following these 5 tips. Invest in Home Security Cameras – While the number of property crimes like thefts and break-ins are very low in Singapore, it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful. Investing in home security cameras to help you monitor any dangers in and around your house could help you establish the next course of action. This will help you avoid danger and injury to you and your baby. This is particularly important if you’re alone at home with your child and there’s no one around to warn you of oncoming dangers. Know Who to Call – In case of an emergency, you should know who to call in order to hasten the arrival of aid and professional assistance. Look for the numbers of the nearest hospital as well as contact details for your local police station. Record the numbers on speed dial or have them written...

5 Time-Saving Tips on Choosing a Slimming Centre in Singapore

Finding a slimming centre in Singapore can be a breeze, as there have been an increasing number of such places in the recent years. Choosing the best one for you, though, could be a little tricky. If you can’t decide which one is the most suitable for you, here are 5 tips to get you started. 1) Safety In whatever you do, your safety should be your number one priority. Find a slimming centre in Singapore that has good reputation and can assure you of your safety. While the slimming method itself should be safe, you can also check to see if the personnel has the proper accreditation, authentic certificates, licenses, and/or clearances. By looking at their credentials, you can decide to choose from the various centres wisely. 2) Duration Check whether the duration of the slimming programs best suit your needs. Decide on how much time you can spend on the treatment and how long you can wait before seeing the results. Some slimming centres offer programs that last from as short as a week to as long as a couple of months, depending on multiple variables (proposed methods, availability of slots, your own schedule, etc). 3) Method In relation to 2) above, the period of time you can/want to spend on the program will lead you to the choices of methods. Once you have set your physical goals, you can decide on the kind of treatment you want to undergo. Some slimming centres in Singapore offer healthy diet-specific programs, while others combine diet, supplements, and exercise. If you want faster results, it is best to opt for...

The Importance of CAPAC System for Marine Environment

  Corrosion poses one of the biggest problems that marine engineering need to solve. The problem stems from the exposure of metals that come in contact with the salt in the water. It weakens the exposed parts of boats. Although some metals corrode slower than others, repairs are imminent and costly. This is where a cathodic protection system becomes useful. Also called a CAPAC, it provides a cathodic protection system on active mode. It provides a means of protection for all types of materials that may suffer from corrosion caused by regular contact with the salt content of sea water.  Most seafaring boats and vehicles depend on it for better protection. It is a kind of protection that involves a simple procedure that separates active from passive cathodic protection. Active Cathodic Protection Active Cathodic Protection System is run with direct current.  The current can adjust itself to anything that is massive in size. It is this feature that separates Active from Passive Cathodic Protection. The direct current is forcefully run through the whole hull of a boat or ship protecting all metals that it comes into contact with.  The current provides the whole hull with equal amounts of electricity that prevents corrosion from happening. On larger ships, the current must be on a uniform level so that it can withstand constant changes in the water.  Everything must be considered and regulated because even a slight change in water temperature may affect the protection system. However if the running current is regulated, the hull can withstand any change in the water. A CAPAC system ably does this with its cathodic...

Introduction to Ballast Water Management Systems

    Ballast water is water taken in by ships to help balance the vessel. Ships usually load ballast water in one coastal area and expel them in another. This discharge not only transfers water but also living organisms that bring harm to the ecosystem they are dumped in. Treating ballast water is, therefore, crucial to protecting and preserving the environment. The Ballast Water Management Convention of 2004 is only one of the safeguards instituted to achieve this goal. However, it is still currently not in full effect, because of the lack of representation—only 34.87% of the world’s tonnage so far. For full implementation, 35% should accede to the Convention. In order to treat ballast water, ships must be equipped with a ballast water management system (BWMS); this system should also meet the standard set in the Convention. BWMSs that meet Convention standards are issued a License. Ship owners seeking to install a BWMS in their ships should fit their ships with a BWMS that is licensed by the IMO. Manufacturers seeking licenses for their products need to send detailed plans for the design of the BWMS. After this, the BWMS would be tested and granted a license, when it passes. Below are some guidelines for approving BWMS taken from the IMO’s G8:   1)The BWMS should not contain substances that would make the water more harmful after treatment. 2)All working parts of the BWMS must be easily accessed to facilitate maintenance. 3)The equipment for treating the water should be suitable to the environment in ships. 4)An adequate control system should be provided to expedite the treatment of ballast...

5 Ways to Achieve Beautiful Hands

Our hands are an extremely important part of the body. We use it to eat, write and even greet others. Many of our daily activities can wear our hands down, including activities like washing dishes, doing chores, gardening and the like. As you age, your hands experience a decreased ability to repair itself after damaging exposure to the elements. For smoother hands that are plump and youthful, try these proven methods that will help you maintain them to the best of your ability: Wash your hands with moisturizing soap. Whenever you need to wash your hands, like before and after a meal, or after using the toilet, try using mild moisturizing soap that won’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. Also, avoid anti-bacterial soaps as they tend to dehydrate your skin more than normal ones. As long as you wash your hands correctly, it is good enough and there is no need for specialized anti-bacterial soaps. Wear gloves when dealing with detergents. Avoid harsh detergents when washing dishes or doing the laundry if you have sensitive hands as these can strip your hands of hydration, causing them to wrinkle and peel. Wear rubber gloves if your hands have to come into contact with these detergents for an extended period of time. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. There are many hand moisture products out there from artificial creams to natural balms made from plant-based products. Luxurious hand creams usually do the trick, but it’s better if you pick one that has collagen. Collagen is a type of protein that keeps the skin elastic and firm. There are also moisturizing products that...

Signs and Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus

A common knee problem experienced by individuals is a torn meniscus, the cartilage that acts as a pad that mitigates pressure on the joint during strenuous leg activities.  When the meniscus is injured, pain and discomfort are common symptoms; in extreme cases, swelling and tautness are visible and the person will have a hard time bending his knees.  Due to these physical warning signs, the injury is often confused with arthritis and the patient would resort to taking pain killers instead of having the area checked by a physician. To help you take the guesswork out of the equation, here are common signs and symptoms of an injured meniscus: A minor tear exhibits pain and swelling but not enough to keep the person from walking and running. Given the proper care and rest, the symptoms subside in two or three weeks.  In most cases, the individual would not even know that he had a minor knee injury unless an x-ray is done on the affected area. Inflexibility of the knee, apart from the common pain and swelling, is usually observed for moderate tears. Pain is localized on the side and center of the knee, causing the person a slight limp in his gait.  The patient is strongly encouraged to refrain from activities that might cause him to accidentally twist his knee.  The pain and swelling may subside but could come back whenever the knee is subjected to too much pressure, including significant weight gain of the patient. Popping and locking of the knee could mean a severe case of a meniscus tear. These are caused by torn cartilages that...

Hawker to Home: Your Can’t-Be-Beaten Char KwayTeow Home Recipe

  So you think those dishes sold in hawker centers are easy to make? Think again. There is a reason why people make a beeline to Singapore’s food courts and it just isn’t about the price anymore. Some of the more popular dishes, like the Char KwayTeow, are best left in the hands of an experienced Singaporean cook.   Char KwayTeow is a rice noodle dish that means ‘fried’ (char) and ‘flat rice noodles’ (kwayteow). It is a mouth-watering fusion of different kinds of soya seasonings sprinkled liberally on the rice noodles, basic vegetables, and choice meat or seafood. It is served with loads of wok hei or that unmistakable essence left on the food after it has been stir-fried in a very hot wok.  Delicious!   Here is a simplified recipe to help you when the nearest hawker center proves to be too far but your craving for authentic char kwayteow can’t wait. If you’re not a fan of picking up raw materials from the market, you can buy your vegetables online too. Convenient!   This is good for one serving. Just increase the measurements if you need more. Main ingredients:   300 grams of fresh flat rice noodles 70 grams bean sprouts 2 cloves garlic, crushed 25 grams pickled sweet radish 3 pieces prawns, peeled 1 Chinese sausage/lap cheong, sliced 40 grams fish cake 1 egg Seasonings:   1 tablespoon light soya sauce 1 tablespoon oyster sauce ½ teaspoon dark soya sauce ½ teaspoon sugar ½ tablespoon chili paste Dash of pepper   Procedure: In a large wok, heat a small amount of cooking oil. Throw in...

Weight Loss 101: Tips on How To Be Fit

Would you rather be covered with sweat at the gym or covered with clothes at the beach? Its no secret that losing weight is hard and painful. But what if I tell you that losing weight is more of a mental challenge than physical one.   There are a lot of ways on how to lose weight, but first it must start with yourself. Let’s discuss the things that you need to keep in mind on your road to fitness.   Set a goal.     Setting small achievable goal keeps people motivated. It helps you keep track about your progress and stay lock in to your target.  Change doesn’t have to be drastic, it starts one pound at a time.     Eating Healthy. We often hear this expression when we are talking about losing weight. Proper nutrition is a must in shredding excess weight. Counting calories and food intake has the greatest impact in losing weight. There’s a fine line between starving yourself and eating enough.   Exercise. Burning calories help you maintain or get rid of those fats. Exercise is good for your mind and body. Exercise comes in different styles and forms. It could be in a form of jogging, mountain climbing, running or basically just walking. Just make sure that you are mobile because your body needs it.   Mental toughness. As mentioned at the beginning, weight loss is more of mental challenge than physical one. The desire and motivation to be better should be at its peak. Constantly challenging yourself will bring the best out of you. Never settle for less if you...