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...

Eating Sweet, Sugary Food Does Shocking Things to Your Body

  The most important key in keeping a healthy lifestyle and managing body weight is having a balanced and proper diet. People who want to maintain their slender figures, most especially those who want to shed some pounds must go for nutritious foods that the body need on a daily basis. Medical and nutrition experts state that a balanced meal consists of the right amounts of macro nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fats. Protein, which is needed by the body to build, repair, and maintain muscle tissues, can be found in meat, fish and dairy. Carbohydrates, which is used by the body as a source of energy and by the brain as sustenance to keep the mind alert and focused, can be extracted from food rich in starch (complex carbohydrates) such as potato, rice, bread, pasta, and cereals, and in sugar (simple carbohydrates). Fats, on the other hand, are also necessary in a healthy diet as some of these are considered as essential fatty acids for the body’s metabolic processes. These three nutrients all contain calories which is used by the body to produce energy. Among these, carbohydrates, although it provides the quickest form of energy, has the greatest amount of glucose which is both used by the body right away, and some is stored in the muscles and liver which may be released when the body needs it. The glucose which is not stored is immediately absorbed in the bloodstream and this affects a person’s blood sugar levels. The measure on how each type of carbohydrate affects sugar levels, known as the Glycaemic Index (GI), runs from...

Fight Those Breakouts: 5 Acne Tips For Asian Skin

There are many different skin types and each one may need a specific product for it to become flawless, smooth and breakout-free. The challenges of having traditional Asian skin may make you feel frustrated. Asians are known to have large pores, oily skin, and acne-prone. This is one thing both men and women in Asia are on the constant lookout for the Holy Grail of Asian skin. It’s not typically because of the weather, it’s because Asian women who live elsewhere in the world also suffer from these skin problems. The most problematic part of having Asian skin is being prone to acne breakouts. Acne is caused by a wide range of reasons. For one, having oily skin is one of the most common causes of having acne. No, oily skin isn’t the result of eating greasy foods like burger or fries. Oily skin caused by the excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. When the body detects the lack of hydration or moisture in the skin, it produces too much sebum in its purpose to protect the skin from damage. However, too much sebum may clog the pores and bacterial proliferation happens.   To help you fight those pesky pimples and acne breakouts, here are ways to curb them. Use A Gentle Face Wash There are many face wash products in the market today so it’s better to choose the best one for your skin type. For acne-prone skin, it’s better to use facial wash in Singapore that is oil-free and gentle. By using gentle cleansers, there are no drying or harsh chemicals that may worsen the...

Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

  You may have tried everything you can to rescue your tresses from falling out but always end up with a clump of hair on your hair brush, your towel, or the shower drain.  What could be wrong? When you know what’s causing your hair to fall out, half the battle is already won.  So here are the most common reasons why your hair has started thinning out sooner than it’s supposed to and what you can do to prevent it. Stress Trauma caused by an accident, pregnancy and childbirth, or simply due to your demanding work environment can lead to a shock in your hair cycle. This type of hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium; it is when hair roots are pushed out of your scalp too soon.  A physician’s intervention may be needed when the person is not able to manage the stress on his own. Lack of Protein The body makes up for the protein loss by decreasing its supply to your hair. Increase your protein intake to help your tresses grow longer, thicker, and healthier. Male Pattern Baldness Like premature grey hair, Male Pattern Baldness is largely considered genetic. It can be arrested with the help of topical creams and natural remedies from plants like aloe vera and coconut.  In extreme cases, hair grafting has proven to be a most effective means to save hairline from receding further. Iron Deficiency When a person is suffering from anemia due to iron deficiency, hair loss is one of the most common symptoms. Seek your doctor’s advice on the best type of supplement you can take to meet...

Buy Furniture Online: 10 Mistakes to Avoid

While it’s super convenient and fast for you to buy furniture online, especially when you’re buying big and multiple pieces of furniture at once, it’s easy to fall into hidden traps of online furniture shopping. Avoid these mistakes when you buy furniture online:   Be aware of extra tax or cost There’s a high chance you’ll be charged extra if you’re buying your furniture online, like sales tax or delivery cost if you’re living outside of delivery area. To save money, make sure the company delivers to your area, and abide by their delivery schedule.   Research brand quality Always research the quality of furniture brands to get the best deals. Brands may carry the same product, but they may differ in terms of quality and durability. Most of the time affordable furniture is simply not good for long-term investments. In this case, if you’d like to save, you’ve got to spend extra.     Shop from well-known brands Well-known brands already have a reputation and presence among shoppers, so it’s easier for you to decide and make purchases by looking into their filed complaints (if any), customer service and more.   Measure the path to your space Aside from measuring your space and matching it with the dimensions of your furniture, you also have to consider the size of your path leading to your space where you’ll be placing your furniture, including the stairs and doors. Sometimes furniture had to be sent back because they can’t fit through the door.     ‘Easy Return’ is misleading Most major furniture brands offer an ‘easy return’ which is often misleading,...

5 Website Tips for Complete Beginners

  In today’s world, technology has taken over almost anything, and yes, including the many facets of business. With the vast modernization of life, including the business sector, old fashioned ones do not make the cut. This is because potential customers are now mostly in front of their computers, tinkering their smartphones or search the internet for their everyday needs.   Many business owners are faced with the daunting task of setting up their very own website. Well, if you’re a modern business, you should have started a new website. This is because it’s one way to establish a brand that can reach many people, even those beyond your physical reach.   This means that if you’re a business with a good website and internet marketing skills, your brands and products can be seen by a lot of people, even from other countries or locations worldwide. For instance, your business website in Singapore can be seen by people who have access to the internet in other countries.   Setting up a website don’t need much requirements. But the question is, where do you start? To help you out, here are 5 website tips for complete beginners, which means those without prior IT (Information Technology) background.   Get A Unique Yet Relevant Domain Name Your website’s name should speak for the company itself. In choosing a domain name, you do not need a heft amount of money. All you need is a well-thought-of-name and a registration fee. Domain registry sites often provide instructions on how to properly use your newly-acquired website or domain name.   Apply For Web Hosting Web...

Wonder Foods For Your Hair

In one way or another, at a certain point of your life, you will be saying goodbye to your lovely mane. Whether you cry over it or give it in freely, it will happen. And since putting so much stress over your hair loss will just make it worse, the least you can do is to let things happen. Or better yet, do something about it. Find ways on how to have thicker hair. Here are some helpful tips to make your hair stay where they are – on your scalp and not on your hairbrush, not on the bathroom floor or on the pillow or on someone else’s shoulders.   Eating The Right Food Accept it. Proper diet is not only for Victoria Secret’s model wannabes or for those body-building hunks you meet in the gym the other day. Taking the right amount of right foods will work just about for everyone. If you have a dull hair, a salmon recipe will do the magic. For falling hair, try eating beans.     Taking The Right Vitamins and Minerals There are a lot of supplements for hair loss out in the market, but the question is, do they really work? While some might and some of them don’t, it is beneficial to know which vitamins and minerals will help you with your hair problem. Vitamin A helps produce scalp oil. Just don’t take too much of it as it may have an undesirable outcome. Vitamin B Complex will prevent hair loss and is responsible for hair coloration. Biotin is responsible for preventing dryness of your hair and in...

Buying Singapore Property: A Guide For Expats Who Want To Own Real Estate In The City

The real estate market in Singapore is booming right now. With that said, whether you are planning to invest in the industry or you are simply looking to own a piece of real estate for residential or commercial purposes, now is the right time to get involved. It’s worth mentioning here that if you are an expat, there are certain restrictions imposed by the Singaporean government that you must adhere to. For example, foreigners are restricted from acquiring vacant lands, landed residential properties, and residential properties in a building that has less then six levels.   The First Step In Acquiring Properties In The City The very first thing you need to do is read and understand the Residential Property Act of the Singapore Law. This legal document contains the types of Singapore properties that you can or cannot purchase. It’s advisable that you get the assistance of a lawyer or a real estate agent knowledgeable about the country’s property acquisition laws. Keep in mind that there are ways on how you can get around the restrictions for expats provided that you meet a few certain criteria.   Are You Holding On To The Property On A Short-Term Or Long-Term Basis? This is a very important consideration when you’re purchasing a property for sale in Singapore. The government collects a Sellers Stamp Duty (SSD) on expats who sell their properties within the first four years after purchase. Needless to say, if your stay in Singapore isn’t more than 4 years, you might consider renting property instead of purchasing. But if you’re going to be in the country in the...

What to Know on the CAPAC System

In mechanical engineering, problems like corrosion are a constant concern. It causes difficulties, from shortening the life span of spare parts to compromising the integrity of vessels. This results in unnecessary costs in maintenance, fuel, and downtime for unusable vessels due to premature corrosion. Cathodic protection is a popular option to solve this issue. It’s normally used for submerged and/or buried metallic structures and can work in conjunction with coatings. The metallic structure is connected to another metal, usually more easily corroded. This second metal is sacrificed to act as the anode. In the following, one cathodic protection method will be highlighted.   DEFINITION The CAPAC (Contact Anaerobic Pre-treatment Clarification) system is an anaerobic biological pre-treatment system that is used to permanently control the galvanic corrosion of a metal surface. It also prevents electrolysis, a chemical decomposition process where ionic substances are broken down when passed by an electric current.   USAGE Below is listed some key points regarding usage of the system: Applicable for various vessels such as oil tankers, ferries, cruise ships, naval vessels, etc. Applicable for offshore oil structures and megastructures partially/entirely submerged. Can be used in brackish and fresh water environments.   BENEFITS The system has a long life span. It’s designed to provide 20 years of service life at the very least. Even the spare parts for the anode use high quality and durable material such as platinum and titanium. These kind of materials operate well in natural waters, better than the more conventional lead alloy anodes. Automatic control equipment is available. This ensures easy-to-do operations and also provides higher reliability due to less...