For Expats: 5 Hobbies to Meet New People and Find a New Passion in Singapore

Considered Asia’s Business and Financial Centre, Singapore is all about the mantra “work hard, play hard.” However, it can be difficult to meet like-minded people outside of work. Instead of hitting up bars at Clarke Quay or swiping right on Tinder, here are 5 hobbies to try out to meet new friends and explore a different side of Singapore. Running – Singapore is a beautifully planned city to explore on foot and running clubs of all types are popping up. You can check out sites like justrunlah.com to find the most scenic running routes and join a running club to meet healthy and fit individuals from all backgrounds. Yoga – Yoga studios are dominating the gym scene and more zen-minded people are coming together at yoga meetups and yoga camps you can easily sign up too. You can simply take yoga classes in Singapore and make connections with the people and the practice. It’s an awesome hobby, not just to meet new friends, but also to adopt a relaxed and clear mindset amidst the hurly-burly of work life. Dragon Boat Racing – Dragon Boat Racing is building up in popularity. Many dragon boat racing clubs are set up to promote a love of outdoors, camaraderie, and a community of friendship and competitiveness all in good fun. Races are usually in beach outside of the city where you get to explore a different side of Singapore. Volunteering – Why not lend a hand and meet new friends at the same time? There are a number of volunteer meetups in Singapore and get introduced to passionate people who want to make...

What Hollywood Celebrities Do to Lose Weight After Pregnancy

Post-pregnancy weight loss sometimes becomes a goal that frustrates mothers. While every woman is blessed with different body type, you might be wondering how celebrities get their pre-pregnancy figures in a snap. These Hollywood stars may have their own personal trainers or nutritionists, but what they do is not a secret, and you can follow their tips to lose weight after pregnancy. Start with baby steps Jessica Simpson shared one of her tips to lose her post-baby weight by taking it slow. Slimming down after pregnancy would need time, it is a process. That’s why Halle Berry created an exercise schedule so she could see the progress of her weight loss. By setting up a goal, it would be a self-motivation for you to lose weight and get the desired pre-baby body. Follow a healthy diet plan Another tip to lose weight is by choosing the right, healthy diet plan for you. After her second child, Kim Kardashian did Atkin’s diet, by cutting her sugar and lowering her carbohydrate. Beyoncé also did a strict diet after giving birth to Blue Ivy, by eating low calories and focusing on white meat protein like fish. Focus on your baby and stay positive Paying attention to your baby’s priority is one tip you can’t ignore. Jennifer Love Hewitt revealed that she focused on what she eats for the sake of the baby’s health. While creating a goal is important, keeping a positive mind is what you need during the process. Hilary Duff admitted that at times, she wanted to lose her weight immediately, but she realized that appreciating the body change made...

5 Things You Need to Know to Have the Wedding of Your Dreams

There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding. But it only boils down to one thing: the couple wants it to be a memorable day for everyone so it should be as perfectly planned as possible. What makes a perfectly planned wedding? A fairy-tale like the setup, great reception, good food and perhaps a superbly looking entourage. To help you, here are fool-proof ways to have the wedding of your dreams: Work on your budget. Don’t make the mistake of spending money on a single service until you discussed it with your partner. When budgeting, remember to factor in every detail. One of the common mistakes couples make is forgetting the little extras. Wedding ensembles, for example, usually cost 10 to 15 percent of the entire wedding cost. Before checking out a bridal store, figure out how much you want to spend on the wedding gown. Consider visiting a Bridal studio in Singapore to get an idea how gowns are priced. One more tip is to complete your guest list before doing anything. This is to help determine the catering bill. Hire well-qualified people to do their job. Save yourself from stress by hiring professional people like photographers who would cover your special day. Instead of simply heading to Google, ask recommendations from your colleagues. Great photographers prefer booking more than a year in advance. Create your list of needs and wants. What are the “needs”? These are things that you need to make everything work, like an affordable venue and a good photographer. “Wants” are stuff that you can skip and still have the...

Front Act – 6 Helpful Tips On Choosing A Style For Your Bridesmaid Dresses

In Singapore as in other western-inspired traditions, bridesmaids are part of the official bridal entourage in a wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids form the core of the bride’s trusted and reliable troopers to ensure that formalities of the nuptial ritual are strictly adhered to with no hitches. Dressed in matching, if not identical outfits, the bridesmaids lend color and glamor to the occasion. If you are more on the practical side to save on time and energy, you have the option to go for gown rental for your entourage in Singapore. Once you have decided on the color motif or theme for your wedding, choosing the perfect style comes in a breeze. Take these 6 valuable tips on choosing a style for your bridesmaid dresses. 6 Helpful Tips On Choosing A Style For Your Bridesmaid Dresses Work Within Your Budget The primary objective of the budget-conscious bride-to-be is to work within the budget. The bridesmaids’ dresses need not be expensive but still look magical during the ceremony. Distinctive Appearance The style of the bridesmaids’ dresses should conform to the ambiance of your dream wedding. If it’s on the royalty theme, then the dresses should be formal and elegant. Make sure the style blends perfectly well with the venue setting. Features It would be advisable to have an eye for details. The dresses can be embellished or ornamented depending on the shape or cut of the dress. Beads, rhinestones, laces, or ribbons can add character to a bridesmaid dress. The Long and Short of It The dresses can be from full-length gowns to structured, short, flowing dresses. But for any length,...

10 Bathroom Essentials That Help Save Busy Career Women’s Time And Money

Are you a career woman with a hectic schedule and constantly on the go? Perhaps cutting your time short in the bathroom could give you more time to do other important things. That said, your personal hygiene shouldn’t be neglected. Invest in these 10 bathroom essentials that help save your time and money in the long run:   Shower heads If you’re rushing to work in the morning, perhaps it’s wise to avoid taking a bath and instead opt for a quick shower. Invest in a shower head that has the added function of head-massaging. It helps you to calm down and relax after a busy day. Bathroom tiles It will be much easier and quicker to clean the floor if you use tiles in your bathroom. Compared to other material, bathroom tiles only require one cleaning product to scrub off the floor, and you can use the same cleaning product to clean your shower enclosure or bathtub. Accessible vanity units A vanity unit that includes a sink and a storage will save you a lot of time, especially if it’s accessible from the spot you’re standing or sitting in the bathroom. There’s no need to get up and keep going back and forth between the shower room to the storage when you require something. Plus, you save a lot of water by not letting it run without you in the shower. Stylish storage A stylish and practical storage can help save your time when you’re in the hurry by stashing all of your important items at one place. Whether you’re looking for your hair care products, medicines, or...

5 Most Common Hair Problems and Effective Ways to Fix Them

Did you have a bad hair day? People in Singapore face different kinds of hair problems and while this kind of issue is not as big as it seems, it affects our confidence and the way we look at things. There are people who have beautiful-looking locks but they suffer from scalp problems. Some worry about their limp and greasy hair. If you have hair issues that have been bothering you for quite some time now, this post will give you the quick and effective tips to remedy those issues. Gentle-cleansing shampoos for lack of volume. This can be solved by using volumizing and thickening hair products. But if you want something that is more effective and is easier to maintain, wash it with a gentle cleansing shampoo daily. Getting rid of the dirt, oil, and dust allows your hair to have the desirable volume you want. Scalp treatment for dandruff. The most effective scalp treatment in Singapore for seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff is usually done in four different steps. An expert will analyze the condition of your scalp before exfoliating and shampooing it. Before the treatment ends, the expert will do the final analyzing to check the condition of your scalp. Coconut oil and lemon juice for graying hair. Your gene is the number one culprit for having gray hair. If you’re tired of bleaching and coloring, try natural home remedies like mixing three teaspoons of lemon juice into coconut oil. Apply it and massage into your scalp before shampooing your hair once a week. Minoxidil for hair loss. Minoxidil is the active ingredient of many hair growth...

Essential Skin Care Tips: 10 Easy Ways to Ensure Fantastic Skin

Singapore offers a rare opportunity for year-round water recreation and sunbathing. However, that much outdoor activity can be bad for your skin. To help you, here are 10 simple tips to help you care for your skin while in Singapore. Exfoliate Your Skin Dead skin cells and debris build up over time and make your skin look dull. You need to remove those dead skin cells and debris with an exfoliating wash or scrub. Don’t Just Use Hand Soap Hand soap is great for washing your hands, but little else. Your face and body require the best body bath products that match your skin type and ensure your skin gets the moisturizers, vitamins, and nutrients that hand soap doesn’t provide. Avoid Razor Burn Whether you are a woman and shave your legs or a man and shave your face, you’ll get the best results and preserve your skin by using sharp razors and short strokes while shaving. The longer the stroke and the duller the blade, the more razor burn you will get. Cool It in the Shower While showering, it is best to keep the temperature less than steaming hot. Hot showers drive the natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry and dull in appearance. Very warm showers will clean just as well, without sapping your skin’s natural oils. Moisturize Your Skin When you wake up, before you go to bed, and intermittently throughout the day you should use a moisturizer matched for your particular skin type. That means oil-based moisturizer if you have dry skin, and a water-based moisturizer if your skin is oily. Adjust Your...

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Busy Guys’ Skin Look and Feel Fantastic

Singapore has much to offer its citizens and visitors. That means, like most men in Singapore, you probably are very busy. That also means you most likely are not taking good care of your skin. Fortunately, proper facial care for men is relatively simple to incorporate into your daily routine. To help you take better care of your skin and get your appearance at its absolute best, here are five daily routines that will improve your skin and appearance.   Drink Lots of Water If you don’t stay hydrated, your skin won’t have the water it needs to stay supple and moist, especially on hot, sunny Singaporean days. Most men should drink at least six glasses of water each day to stay fully hydrated. More water is needed when drinking caffeinated drinks and alcohol since they are diuretic and expel water from your body.   Use a Good Moisturizer With 12 hours of sunlight every day and lots of humidity, the skin on your face takes a good deal of punishment in Singapore. Using an appropriate moisturizer will help you to counteract the debilitating effects of the Singapore weather. If your skin is dry, using an oil-based moisturizer is best. If you have oily skin, then you should use a water-based moisturizer for your face and skin.   Screen Out the Sun The sun is your skin’s worst enemy in many ways, especially if you don’t take the time to use an appropriate sunscreen. The best sunscreens contain moisturizer and have a sun protection factor of at least 15 and up to 30. That means you have a broad...

Want To Get Rid of Eyeglasses And Contact Lenses For Good? Know About LASIK Surgery And Its Cost

  People struggling with myopia or nearsightedness can’t live without either wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses to help them correct the refractive error and see clearly even from afar. However, even if these practical solutions are the most common ways to deal with myopia, they can become obstructive in some activities such as sports and other active events.   At the same time, wearing contact lenses can only be done for a limited period of time, thus it requires extra time to remove and put on everyday, which may seem to be bothersome, especially for people always on the go.               If you’re getting tired of wearing eyeglasses or too busy to have the time to maintain the lifestyle of wearing contact lenses, then you might want to start considering the option of getting a LASIK surgery. It is one of the recommended solutions to cure and get rid of myopia and its disadvantages for good. Unlike earlier forms of corrective eye surgery, this treatment boasts of less or no pain and clearer eyesight within hours after the procedure.   The price of LASIK surgery in Singapore ranges from $3,200 to $3,700 for both eyes. This is the price for a standard Lasik, and the package price also includes 3 to 4 post-operative appointments and eye-plugs (if you need them).             Nowadays, a more expensive type of LASIK procedure called the Wavefront/ Topography Guided LASIK treatment promises a more advanced technology in reshaping the cornea by using a 3D map measurement system. Unlike the standard LASIK procedure, the Wavefront...

Eye Emergencies: Know the 6 Symptoms and Who to Contact for Urgent Care

  The gigantic Merlion in Sentosa Island is a sight to behold. This towering icon can be seen by the naked eye. You won’t miss it because of its size. But are you still able to visualize or make out images even though they are very small or far-off? If you can’t, it might be an indication that it is time to have your eyesight checked by a professional. Depending on your work or circumstance, do not take your eyes for granted. Your once perfect vision will weaken at one point in time or another. Before that happens, a visit to a Lasik surgery clinic in Singapore might work wonders for you.   6 Emergency Eye Symptoms Requiring Urgent Care             Difficulty focusing on objects, up close or from a distance This is the earliest sign that indicates weakening of your vision. Most people ignore this symptom by rationalizing the difficulty lies in the size or distance of the image being viewed.             Blurred or double vision While this symptom is a common eye complaint and perceived as temporary, there might be more to it than meets the eye. Such occurrence might be a symptom related to a more severe ailment.             Dry, itchy, or burning eyes This happens especially when you are wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. You sometimes experience a burning sensation in your eyes that you have to pause for a while to regain clarity.             Seeing spots or colorful images Sometimes you wonder why there are...