Tuesday, 30 June 2015

10 Unusual Airbnb rentals to check out

Slogging away at the office and dreaming of your next getaway? It’s already May and it just might be time to plan that much needed summer vacation. Great! You think as you plan your destination and your hands hover over the book it link on the TripAdvisor hotel booking page. But hold it right there! Is another holiday at a run-of-the-mill hotel with cream walls, uniform beige carpets and standard buffet fare really what you want?

Might we tempt you with the prospect of staying at your own treehouse or ancient British castle? Perhaps having full reign over your own Aegan island villa should do the trick? Believe it or not, these interesting abodes are open to holidaymakers on Airbnb, the  vacation-rental community driven website which allows you to rent homes from locals all over the world.

We know planning a vacation is tough enough so we’ve done your homework and picked some out-of-this-world straight up unusual places you can rent on Airbnb. No cookie-cutter hotels guaranteed!

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Monday, 29 June 2015

5 Signs You’re Stressed

For weeks you’ve been juggling work deadlines with decorating your new apartment and planning your best friend’s bachelorette party. So expectedly, you barely have a minute to spare for yourself and like a robot, you go on with your daily routine until something alerts you that your stress levels are definitely maxed out.

Stress signs seem harmless enough but in reality, your body is trying to warn you of the potential harm you’re doing by not responding to it.

To help you battle stress, here are five red flags you should pay attention to.
  • You Regularly Have Back and Neck Aches
  • Your Periods are Irregular
  • Your Hair is Falling Out
  • You are Sick All the Time
  • You Can’t Sleep
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Sunday, 28 June 2015

10 Singaporean islands to explore

Craving a vacation to the pristine beaches of Boracay or the rushing waters of Bali? We’ve found a travel cheat to attain our relaxing goals for the weekend without having to even take our passport. Where are we going, you ask?

Simple. We’re going island hopping. Yes, Singapore has many islands just a stone’s throw away from the mainland with sandy beaches, untouched greenery and sea creatures. From the well known Sentosa to the hidden gem of Lazarus Island, these offshore beaches are quiet as there’s practically no one else around.

One thing we learnt while researching this article is that most of our islands have creepy names and origin stories. But don’t let that deter you, Singapore is much more than just Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

5 Foods that can make you happy

Boost Your Mood
It’s no secret we’re all looking for ways to be happy. From  makeovers to that budding new romance to dropping big bucks on your dream car. But did you know that there’s a less expensive, not so complicated way to happiness? And it’s just sitting in our kitchens?

Believe it or not, the food we eat has an impact on our overall well-being. It seems ridiculous to think that our diets can bring us up or pull us down but how many times have you gone on that fast food binge only to feel incredibly bloated and irritable later on? Just like we monitor our diets to loose weight, the same can be done to beat the blues.

Research suggests that tweaking your diet and adding in certain dopamine boosting foods can make a big difference on the happiness front. Click through the gallery for scientifically proven foods that can boost your mood one bite at a time! Now you know what to put in your shopping cart on your next grocery trip.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

25 Looks to boost your confidence at work

As if getting ready for work at 7 in the morning isn’t bad enough, you also have to deal with the hassle of having to choose an outfit that’s office-friendly. There was once a time not too long ago when most professionals donned a black suit every morning but these days, with the laxed dress codes and diverse professional fields, most people are more confused than ever about what to wear to work.

What you wear is pivotal because it reflects on you as an individual. Do you want to be seen as professional? Confident? Approachable? Driven? A carefully chosen outfit can make the difference between sloppy or professional.

You don’t need to have Victoria Beckham’s budget or any special knowledge of fashion to pull of a sartorial chic look that still abides by the office dress code. A few well-chosen pieces, suitable colour combinations and patterns will give you the confidence you need in your professional field.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Food scandals in Singapore

Rojak Geylang Serai 2009

Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010

Singapore Sports Council 2010

The Children's Place 2011

Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' Primary School 2011

Man Fu Yuan 2011

Old Chang Kee 2012

East View Secondary School 2014

A Taste of Nanyang foodcourt 2014

Clementi Camp Medical Centre 2015

Hotpot Culture 2015
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Woman slurps curry she bought at Toast Box -- then sees disgusting creature wriggling inside

Stomper Sabao was shocked after discovering a wriggling cockroach in a bowl of curry his girlfriend bought at a Toast Box outlet in Bishan.

He has been waiting for an explanation from Toast Box after the incident took place on Jul 2 but eatery has yet to get back to him.

The Stomper then alerted Stomp to the incident via an email today (Jul 13).

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

From Teabags to Soiled Diaper & Sanitary Pad to Killer Litter

Update 18 Jan 2018: Jackfruit falls from HDB block, damaging car

A jackfruit fell on a parked car in Ghim Moh on Wednesday (Jan 17), damaging its roof and windscreen.

Photos of the incident – uploaded onto Facebook by user Sam Tan – show the car and a huge jackfruit on the road.

Mr Tan told Channel NewsAsia that he arrived at the car park of Block 19 Ghim Moh Road to buy dinner for his mother when he saw a crowd gathering near the damaged car.

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Police arrest 14-year-old boy who threw ofo bike down HDB block

A 14-year-old youth has been arrested by the police. He is believed to have thrown an ofo bike from a HDB block of flats.

The video of the incident was widely circulated on social media. In it, another voice in the background could be heard saying, “This is not my motherf*cking fault, I swear to God.”

On June 15, on the day the video started circulating online, the police received several reports that a bicycle was thrown from Blk 116B Jalan Tenteram. An arrest was made on the same day after extensive ground enquiries.

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The Tea Bag Tree of Bukit Merah View

After the Cleaner Appreciation event yesterday afternoon (see post below), I took a walk around the common space at blks 128, 129 and 130 Bukit Merah View and checked out the environment.

Was dismayed to see this palm tree adorned with tea bags, obviously thrown from a higher floor and which had snagged on the leaves and branches. It was like a Christmas tree except that instead of pretty ornaments, this poor tree was festooned with used Dilmah tea bags!

Was it really so difficult, one wonders, to lift the tea bag out of the mug or cup, and carry it a few feet to the rubbish container that must surely be in the home?

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A block of Housing Development Board (HDB) flats at Toa Payoh Lorong 7 has become "infamous" for being the "smelliest HDB block" throughout the island - or so netizens say. Passersby often complain about a pungent and nauseating smell of what seems to be faeces coming from around the lower levels of Block 5, Toa Payoh Lorong 7.

According to the Chinese evening daily, one inconsiderate neighbor appears to be the cause of the persistent stench at the area.

It seems that the neighbor has been throwing packets of human faeces out from their window every day, causing the packets of filth to smash into the walking pavement below or onto the roof shelter above a senior citizens' activity corner under the block.

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MP Baey Yam Keng on an interesting yet unfortunate occurrence in Tampines town

Story of the soiled diaper continues. With GM of Tampines Town Council, we brought the diaper to visit all 11 units of the column where the diaper was found.

Three units have babies. I think we managed to identify which unit was the culprit. Without concrete evidence, I could only warn the maid not to do so. Hope that will born home the message.

Will monitor the situation.

related: Baey Yam Keng picks up soiled diaper, goes door to door in search of litterbug

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Tin Pei Ling goes after resident who threw sanitary pad 20131027-131449.jpg
A case of high-rise littering raised the ire of the ward’s MP – so much so that she decided to hunt the errant resident down

When the MP for Marine Parade GRC Ms Tin Pei-Ling discovered that a resident had been disposing tampons out of the window, she spared no effort to look for the culprit – even though it meant combing through 7 floors worth of households.

Last week, the Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that residents had complained of ‘diapers’ being frequently found at the foot of Blk 444 at Tampines Street 42. The final straw came when their MP, Mr Baey Yam Keng recovered a diaper that was still ‘warm’, prompting him to search over 12 floors to catch the diaper-throwing culprit.

It therefore came as a surprise when Ms Tin Pei-Ling was caught in the same sticky situation – but with tampons this time.

Tin Pei Ling goes after resident who threw sanitary pad
NEA will be notified if the situation worsens

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Killer litter at Jurong West
It was a mess at the foot of a Housing Board flat on Tuesday morning after an elderly man living on the 11th floor allegedly started dumping things out of his window. There were unzipped bags and pieces of clothing strewn across the floor, together with plastic bags and broken plastic containers

She heard a series of heavy thuds while preparing breakfast for her children on Tuesday morning.

The housewife, who wanted to be known as Madam Lai, was alarmed. But she ignored the noises as she was busy tending to the stove.

What she didn't realise was that someone was throwing killer litter from the 11th storey.

related: Sewerage litter causes flooding in Jurong, AMK flats

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

5 Medical tourism hot spots

Lured by lower costs and quality care, a growing number of people are combining a holiday with a medical check up.

What could be more relaxing than a holiday by the beach sipping coconut water? Especially after you’ve had your insides cut open or your heart replaced with a new one? That may not sound like your typical summer vacation but more and more people today are traversing international borders for the sole purpose of obtaining health care at a cheaper rate in a foreign country. After all, a hospital is a hospital and what better way to reduce the anxieties of surgery than to distract yourself with the beautiful scenery and squeeze in a few shopping sprees or temple trips while there?

From South Korea to Thailand, hospitals and medical agencies are getting in on the act, offering hotel packages coupled with joint replacements. Here in Asia, we’re lucky that all the best medical healthcare is just right in our backyard. Click through the gallery for 5 medical tourism hot spots in the region where quality care, affordable rates and sightseeing are the norm.

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

Father's Day is celebrated worldwide to recognise the contribution that fathers and fatherly figures make to the lives of their children.

This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.

Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day as the third Sunday of June.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Happy Duan Wu Jie 端午节 2015

Dumpling Festival (粽子 Zongzi) on 5th day of 5th month of lunar year 4713

Dragon Boat Festival 端午节

It seems odd to think that the colourful Dragon Boat Festival has its roots in patriotism and politics.

A legendary figure - But one of the most enduring legends associated with this celebration tells the story of Qu Yuan, an incorruptible minister of state during the Warring States era of China. Once a trusted advisor, he was banished by his emperor due to political intrigue and in despair, threw himself into the river and ended his life.

Because he was well-loved by the common folk, fishermen started to beat their oars against the water in a desperate attempt to stop the man-eating fish in the river from devouring his body. Others threw cooked rice wrapped in leaves into the water, in the hope that the fish would eat them instead.

This resulted in today’s dragonboat races and the dumplings – two of the most distinctive aspects of the festival today. The stories have fused well with the tradition of Chinese fishermen using dragon-shaped boats to appease river ‘dragons’, which evolved into a sport during the Han dynasty.

Beating the drums - Today, many features of the ancient races remain intact, from the long and narrow boat shapes to the prows painted with dragons’ heads to the drums which set the pace for the rowers.

In Singapore, a festive atmosphere rules as participants pull furiously on their oars, leaders beat their drums, flags are waved and spectators cheer on their favourite teams.

It is vigorous action, tragic history and thrilling camaraderie, blended into one compelling and exciting spectacle.

Friday, 19 June 2015

6 Types Of Massages

Massages aren’t all the same. Before you make an appointment at the spa, think about what your body needs, or the types of strokes that you’re look forward to, and choose the therapy that you want. If you’re unsure now, here’s a guide to help you out.

Swedish Massage - Recommended for: Those with back aches or muscle tension, conditions such as arthritis and migraines

Thai Massage - Recommended for: Those who want to improve energy levels and flexibility

Shiatsu - Recommended for: People looking for a relaxing experience, or for overall well-being

Hot Stone Massage - Recommended for: People experiencing poor blood circulation, low energy and anxiety

Aromatherapy Massage - Recommended for: Those who are experiencing stress or stress-related problems like insomnia. Also great for energizing the mind and reducing problems like headaches

Deep Tissue Massage - Recommended for: Those recovering from injury and those who are having chronically tight or aching muscles

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ramadan 2015

Ramadan (Ramadhan) or traditional "Ramzan" is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar.

It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

World's Busiest Airports 2014

Montreal, 26 March 2015

Based on reports from 1,095 airports worldwide, ACI’s preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014 show that the top four ranked positions with respect to the world’s busiest airports in overall passenger traffic have not changed as compared to 2013. Atlanta (+1.9%) continues to be the world’s busiest airport with over 96 million passengers in 2014. While Beijing (+2.9%) was expected to close the gap, it no longer has double digit-growth as in previous years, placing it in second position. London-Heathrow (+1.4%) remains in third while Tokyo-Haneda (+5.7%) preserves fourth position. However, Los Angeles (+6%) and Dubai (+6.1%) have moved ahead of Chicago-O’Hare (+4.6%), occupying the fifth and sixth rank respectively.

Although Dubai is the sixth busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it has actually become the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic ahead of London-Heathrow in 2014. Dubai was just shy of reaching the 70 million international passenger mark by the end of 2014.

Istanbul (+10.7%) remains one of the fastest growing airports among the world’s top 20 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th rank ahead of Amsterdam (+4.6%).

The world’s largest air cargo hub continues to be Hong Kong (+6%). Memphis (+2.9%) is in second followed by Shanghai (+8.6%) and Incheon (+3.8%) in third and fourth rank respectively. Anchorage (+3%) moves up ahead of Dubai (-3.1%) to the 5th position.

Chicago-O’Hare (-0.2%) has become the world’s busiest airport for aircraft movements following a drop in movements at the second ranked Atlanta (-4.7%) in 2014. Los Angeles (+1.7%) and Dallas/Fort Worth (+0.3%) maintain the third and fourth ranked position respectively. Beijing (+2.5%) moves ahead of Denver (-2.9%). For more detailed information on the preliminary 2014 rankings, please see Tables 1–5 below.

ACI World’s Economics Director Rafael Echevarne commented: “The airport that continued to make its mark in 2014 was Dubai International. The airport has solidified its status as the world’s major international connecting hub. Dubai is the fulcrum that connects long-haul international flights from east and west, north and south. That being said, it’s sister airport, Dubai World Central, under the same Dubai Airports organization, is poised to surpass these feats by becoming the world’s largest global gateway with capacity of more than 160 million passengers per year and a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 million tonnes of air cargo. Since the commencement of its operations, the airport has already moved up to the 29th busiest air cargo airport in the world handling almost 760,000 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014. With its astonishing capacity and growth, aviation’s nucleus certainly has moved eastward.”

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Artificial And Fake Rice


How to Identify Plastic Rice or Fake Rice

Even you do not need any chemicals just simple you can find out at home. It’s a very important to find out fake rice. If you will have fake rice it may cause any unknown diesease. So should be careful about this matter.
  • Just take one glass of water and drop some rice in the glass. Just little bit stirs it. Now you can find out the fake rice will float at the top because the fake rice will mix with plastic that’s why. This process is very simple and easy.
  • There is another simple process. Just take rice and simply burn the rice by using matchbox. If any rice made with plastic then it’s come out the plastic smell.
  • You may also check the rice after boiling it. Simply take the boiled rice in one bottle then just leave it like 2-3 days. If rice has plastic then it will not get fungus’s otherwise same as it is. Because plastic does not affect whether or temperature or any seasons. Plastic will remain same.
  • There is another possible way to identify fake rice. Just take some rice and drop into some real hot oil. The oil temperature will be really 200 c degrees. Now you can find out fake rice or plastic rice will be the bottom of the bowl.
  • You can also identify fake rice while boiling time. Just observe rice during the boiling time. Because if there is a plastic then it will become start forming a thick layer at the top of the pan.
These tricks are very simple and easy even you can try at home. You can find out fake rice very easily. You do not need any chemicals while testing the plastic rice. do not have plastic rice please be aware of this thing. it may cause so many health problems. I hope you have found out plastic rice successfully. Do not eat plastic rice be careful about this matter.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Solitude in Singapore

6 Places to get away from the crowd

Get away from the maddening crowds in the streets by heading to these quieter locales. 

Weaving through the crowds and jostling with sweaty people in the street is part and parcel of life in Singapore. But once in a while, you can get quite fed up with it. So, what do you do? You become more aware of the empty pockets of space and areas that have lesser people, or even no one altogether. 

So if town is not your thing we’ve found a couple more quite places in far flung areas of Singapore for you to explore. Did you know we have our very own farm staycation complete with villas and a spa that’s not related to any big hotel chain? 

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

5 Ways to eat healthy at restaurants

Singaporeans love eating out. The many thriving cafes and restaurants in the city are testament to this. While the practice is vilified and constantly labelled as unhealthy, there’s no reason why eating out has to be a terrifying minefield of salt, saturated fat and regrettable calorie choices.

Whether you’re sitting down to a quick mid day snack or a multi-course dinner, navigating the menu can be a challenge for those on a diet or trying to eat healthy because you don’t always know what’s going into your food and you can’t exactly count the calories in each dish.

But don’t turn down those those lunch invitations or a trip to your favourite sushi joint just yet. Here are a few ordering tips to ensure your next eating out trip keeps you slim, trim and most importantly healthy.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Pink Dot 2015

“Freedom to love”

“Equality 4 all”

“21 years of marriage”

“Being yourself!”

 “Being free to be who you are”

“Being happy!”

“To be able to love whoever I love!”

 “Being myself, allowing myself to love everyone and especially myself! #self-acceptance #IAmReady”
 “A world without prejudice, ignorance and hate”

 “Freedom to be who I am”

“There is no right or wrong to LOVE”

“Freedom to love, supporting equality, getting together with friends and we are all the SAME!”

“Knowing I can love without all the hate”

“To be proud of who you really are and not be afraid to show it.”

“Celebrating life and love in all its colour and standing together for freedom and equality.”

“Ensuring everyone’s right to be themselves! Beautiful! Free! Unique! Keep up the good fight!”
“Celebrating #Freedom, #Equality, #Diversity”

“#Inclusion #Love-for-all #Stop discrimination”

Reflecting on Where Love Lives

Pink Dot SG, the annual rally to support the Freedom to Love regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, kicks off the countdown to its seventh consecutive year at Hong Lim Park with this year’s Ambassadors, Corporate Sponsors, 2015 Campaign Video, and a fresh line-up for the Pink Dot Concert.

This year, Pink Dot would like to invite the community to reflect on the progress that has been made towards dispelling the discrimination and prejudice that face lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as the many challenges that still remain. In celebrating the capacity for love which lives within Singapore as well as all Singaporeans, Pink Dot aims to help build a kinder and more inclusive Singapore. Leading these year’s efforts are the Ambassadors for Pink Dot 2015: Patricia Mok, Daren Tan, as well as Munah and Hirzi.

Patricia Mok is one of the most easily recognisable faces in Singapore, with her various appearances in Singaporean movie, television and theatre productions making her a household name.

Many Singaporeans will recognise Daren Tan as the winner of the second season of Project Superstar. Since then, he has gone on to debut his solo album Regardless, and has performed in local productions such as That Girl in Pinafore, Mata Mata and Koji Cooks.

Last but not least, the comedic duo Munah and Hirzi shine brightly as two of Singapore’s most prolific YouTube stars, with their hilarious videos having garnered more than 24 million views as well as a loyal following of nearly 120,000 subscribers on their YouTube Channel so far.

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