5 Hairstyles for Ladies Who Commute

All About Singapore,Beauty and Style,Lifestyle 26 November 2019 | 0 Comments

Guilty of leaving your house with dripping wet hair, only to arrive in your office looking like a frizzy mess? Guess what, this habit could take a serious toll on your strands since wet hair tend to be more vulnerable to sun damage and pollutants. Here’s what you can do though: air-dry your tresses before leaving the house – and while you’re at it, check out the following hairstyle inspirations that could help keep you looking stylish on your daily commute.

Tight Ponytail

Even if you just had a four- or five-hour sleep, this sleek hairdo can make you appear instantly polished especially if you’ve got a big morning meeting to attend to. Plus, it’ll help keep all your strands away from your face. Simply use a tail comb to achieve that neat finish around your hairline, as well as to keep your stray strands intact while staying on the go.

Side Braid

Look your daintiest among the crowd of people with a casual braid that’s pulled to one side. Bonus tip: Sprits a light-hold hairspray onto your braid so that when you undo it later on, its curls will hold. Now, you have the sexy waves for the cocktail hour!

Polished Topknot

Don’t have the time to perform a blow-dry session? Lather on a conditioning serum on your freshly-washed locks, and let your strands air-dry a bit as you eat your breakfast or finish your makeup. Before leaving your house, pull your locks up into a high bun – it’s a better choice compared to a low bun since it lifts up your facial features, making you appear younger than you actually are.

Low Ponytail

Flaunt your shiny locks by donning a sleek low ponytail. Add volume at the crown part of your hair, or stick to a neat centre part. If it’s extra hot outside, easily twist the tail to form a temporary low bun while commuting to your office.

Wash N’ Wear Hairdo

Thinking of having a long-term fix? Chop your tresses into a short bob for that easy wash n’ wear hairdo. Its only caveat is you’ll need to visit your stylist often for trims, so you could keep your style in its perfect shape. Styling your hair in the morning can be stressful at times. So be sure to check out any of these hairstyles to not just appear stylish, but to also protect your strands against pollutants during your daily commutes.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Unemployed Status

Career Talk 26 November 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re like me who has had her fair share of being in and out of the workforce, you’d know that being unemployed isn’t that bad at all – that is, if you use this time in your life wisely. The best way to do it is to think of it as your personal time, because when did you accomplish something without any deadline or where nobody is evaluating the work you’ve done? So in this time of job uncertainty, ensure that you make the most of your time out of the workforce by doing any of these things.

Figure Out What You Want

Why did you leave your job? Was your last work what you really wanted to do? Use this time in your career to answer these questions and evaluate what you really want to do – your passions, strengths and weaknesses – and use what you’ll find about in choosing your next job opportunities.

Work at Your Own Pace

This is the perfect time to slack off – no boss to please and no need to be at the office early in the morning. But surely, this isn’t what you want your life to be like in the years to come. What you should do instead is to find out wat the job market can offer. If you want, you can research about the company that you’ve always wanted to work for and send them a copy of your résumé. Who knows, you might end up getting the job position that you’ve been dreaming off.

Learn New Things

Find a hobby that you can enjoy now, or even after you get a new job. You learn to cook new dishes, attend some writing classes, or start painting. Whatever it is, learn to do something that you think will help in improving yourself.

Visit New Places

Apart from learning new things, it’d also be a good idea to explore new places outside Singapore. Visit towns or states that you’ve always been fascinated about. Doing so won’t only make you a well-travelled individual, it’ll also expose you to environments where your next job opportunity might be waiting.

Establish New Connections

Remember the weekends where you’re stuck running work-related errands? They’re gone for now, so use your free time during these days to establish connections with people you cross paths with. Whether it’s someone in the grocery aisle checking out the same product as you or a next-door neighbour who’s mowing their lawn, don’t hesitate to make a new connection. Who knows, they might be able to help you on your next career venture.

While being unemployed has its downside, it definitely has its fair share of advantages. So use this time in your life to become a better and stronger person by simply doing any of the aforementioned activities. Chances like these don’t come around often, so ensure that you use it to prepare yourself for your next job venture.

The Best Indie Video Games

Video Games 2 October 2019 | 0 Comments

In recent years, indie game developers have been gaining more recognition from the gaming community with their unique and engaging titles that are a breath of fresh air from the big-name publishers.

The popularity of casual gaming has also inspired a new breed of games that are slightly more challenging than the ones you play on your smart phone. These indie games target the hardcore gamers who are always on the lookout for something exciting.

The following are the best of indie video games so far.

Undertale (2015)

The game is about a child who is trapped in a region called Underground that isn’t readily accessible to everyone because of a barrier. The player must guide this child in finding a means of escape. This role-playing game has several endings based on the choices made by the player.

Braid (2008)

This platforming puzzle game features the Tim who is trying to save a kidnapped princess. One of its key features is Tim’s ability to manipulate time that he must use to erase his mistakes in the past.

Bastion (2011)

Set after the destruction of Caelondia, the Kid is given the task of collecting the Cores that used to power the city to restore it. Players will enjoy the Kid’s ability to float through different locations.

Super Meat Boy (2010)

Players will enjoy the three hundred levels that Meat Boy must go through to rescue Bandage Girl after the latter was kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. Although the gameplay involves controlling Meat Boy while he tries to avoid different obstacles, the platforming game still never gets old.

Spelunky (2008)

As the name suggests, the player will control a spelunker who explores several caves to find items. During his explorations, he will also meet some enemies and rescue damsels in distress.

Papers, Please (2013)

Set in Arstotzka, the player controls an immigration officer who must review the papers of immigrants trying to pass the border. Now while this might seem like a boring game to you, it features a story mode where the player should provide for his family by doing his job perfectly.

FTL: Faster Than Light (2012)

This ship simulation game allows the player to control a spacecraft tasked to deliver information to allies by crossing hostile territory. Sounds easy, eh? If the player’s ship is destroyed, however, he has to begin the game with a new ship.

Terraria (2011)

This sandbox game allows the players to choose from various activities, such as crafting, building, exploration, and combat. The player starts the game with just three items and must try to survive with those in a procedurally-generated world.

The Binding of Isaac (2011)

As the title suggests, the game is inspired by the Bible story of Isaac, but in the game, Isaac is left by his mother in their monster-filled basement after hearing god’s message.

Fez (2012)

Fez might seem like another puzzle game, but its objective is not just to put things in order, but to restore the universe’s order in the process.

What Causes Stillbirth?

All About Pregnancy Woes 2 October 2019 | 0 Comments

Stillbirth is the term for the death of the baby in the womb within twenty weeks of pregnancy, specifically an intrauterine death. Most stillbirths happen before the mother goes into labor, although there are cases where it happens during labor and birth. It can be devastating for a couple especially if it is their first attempt at having a child.

What causes a stillbirth and can it be prevented?

Causes of Stillbirth

To determine the cause of the baby’s death, several methods are recommended. Blood tests are usually given to rule out other possible conditions that may have caused the death, while amniocentesis is recommended if the doctor suspects problems in the chromosomes.

There is no one cause of stillbirth and usually it’s a combination of various factors. If the couple is attempting to have another child, it’s important to determine the cause so that they can take steps to prevent it from happening again.

  • Placental Insufficiency

Some factors in placental insufficiency include placental abruption, blood clots, inflammation, problems in the blood vessels, and umbilical cord problems. It is the most common cause of stillbirths, because the placenta is important in the growth and development of the fetus. If there is a drop in the supply of oxygen and nutrients because of problems in the placenta, the baby becomes smaller than it should be.

  • Mother’s Health

Other factors are usually determined by a mother’s overall health. If she has pre-eclampsia or if she experiences heavy bleeding late in the pregnancy, the risk of a stillbirth becomes higher. The following conditions will also make a woman more susceptible to having a stillbirth:

  • Obesity and/or high blood pressure
  • Use of prohibited drugs, smoking, and alcohol abuse
  • The woman is older than 35 years
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • It is her first pregnancy
  • History of stillbirth, neonatal death, and miscarriage
  • History of pre-eclampsia, premature birth, and other pregnancy complications
  • Untreated sexually-transmitted infections in the mother (which might also have been passed on by the father to the mother)

Delivery of a Stillborn

If the mother notices that the movement in her womb has ceased, she needs to visit the hospital right away to get the appropriate tests. If the procedures confirm that the heart of the baby has stopped beating, it means that it died and must be delivered to save the mother from infection and blood clotting.

Induced labor and other methods are recommended to remove the baby, but it will depend on the dilation of the cervix and the length of the pregnancy. If it’s in the second trimester, for example, the doctor will use the dilation and evacuation method. Others usually have no problems delivering vaginally after contractions in the uterine are stimulated.

Finally, to determine what caused the stillbirth, several tests are recommended, such as an autopsy, amniocentesis, genetic test, and tests for infections. Fortunately, the couple can still attempt to have a baby even after a stillbirth.

Techniques to Counter Stress

Career Talk,Health and Wellness,Lifestyle 4 September 2019 | 0 Comments

Stress has taken over most of our lives. In fact, some even glorify stress as an indication that a person is working hard, but stress can take a toll on your health, relationships, and productivity. It is just as bad as eating poorly and not exercising.

Here are tips to effectively manage and eventually get rid of stress.

1. Identify the Stressors

If you can acknowledge and recognize all the things that stress you out, it is already a big step towards healing. It does not have to be as heavy as a death of a loved one, divorce, or a loss of a job because those are definitely sources of stress.

However, factors such as toxic co-workers, noisy neighbors, unruly children, traffic, and lack of sleep all contribute to stress. It also does not have to be an external source. Stop making excuses and look closely at all your habits and attitude that could be causing the stress, too.

2. Write a Journal to Vent Your Feelings

It is easier to let of steam if there is an outlet for it, but if talking to other people isn’t comfortable for you, you can start a journal instead. It doesn’t have to be a detailed journal; just write down your thoughts for the day and the highlights. If there is a stressful event, write down how it made you feel physically and emotionally.

3. Avoid Stressors

If you know which things can cause stress, it is easier to avoid them. In fact, most of the external sources of stress are easily avoidable. Learn to say no, cut off people who stress you out, and eliminate unnecessary and stressful activities.

4. Adapt to Things that Stress You Out

However, you can’t avoid everybody who stresses you out. Perhaps it is time to sit down and talk it out with that person so you can solve the issues. Look at the problem from a different perspective and perhaps lower your standards so that you don’t feel disappointed anymore. There will always be things that we cannot control, and if we can’t control them, we can still control how we act and think towards them.

5. Change the Situation

If something is bothering you, don’t bottle it up. Speak out and try to change the situation. If nothing happens, at least you tried. But you should also be willing to compromise if the person wants to change. If your work is stressing you out, maybe quitting isn’t the solution yet. Balance it by pursuing activities that make you happy. It’s not all about work all the time.

6. Accept Things You Can’t Control

If you are given a challenge, look at it instead as an opportunity to grow and learn and become better next time. There will always be things that are beyond your control, so if you feel like you can’t deal with it alone, talk to a trusted person about it.

7. Make Time for Yourself

By managing your time better, you will have more opportunities to do things that make you happy. Remember that you work to live, not live to work.

Tips to Counter Burnout

Career Talk,Work Productivity 4 September 2019 | 0 Comments

Burnout has recently been recognized by the health organizations as a real condition, but it is probably an epidemic in workplaces and in schools worldwide. It is not simply about feeling tired or stressed, but it is also characterized by disillusionment, reduced productivity, depersonalization, excessive and prolonged stress, and mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.

In Singapore where there the culture of productivity is normal; the long working hours are among the highest in the world. This has devastating results in the country’s fertility rate, family relationships, and cases of emotional distress.

1. Find a better alternative to caffeine and alcohol. Most people turn to coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, and energy drinks to keep energized and motivated at work, but it is a different issue altogether if you become dependent. You might think that you’re physically fit and healthy now, but your bad habits are going to catch up to you soon.

2. Do activities to release frustration and aggression. Don’t turn to the bottle to find release but it is important that you find a safe outlet for it. There are plenty of activities you can do that are not going to harm other people and yourself such as sports, video games, music, and art.

3. Don’t take your work home. You should rest and spend time with family when you’re at home. It’s not always about work and earning money; you have to enjoy the products of your hard work and remember why you’re working hard in the first place. Take work-related calls only at scheduled hours, don’t take extra jobs or tasks, and finish everything you can within the set work hours and days.

4. Ask for a different task. Sometimes having to do the same tasks over and over can be tiresome. You not only lose your motivation to work, but you start to question why you’re working in the first place. Perhaps it is time to talk to your manager about giving you a different responsibility.

5. Take a break from work. And by taking a break it means going on a vacation for several days, not just taking the weekends off. Talk to your manager about your problem and maybe the company can help you. Take it one step further talk to a therapist who can provide a written proof of your condition so you can show it to your employers. After all, burnout is now considered an authentic medical condition.

6. Quit your job. If talking to your employer is not going to improve your situation, then perhaps it is time to leave. This could be the sign you are waiting for to find opportunities elsewhere and take a different path. Or do something completely different.

However, remember to be rational about it when talking to your employer; enumerate the reasons why you feel that you deserve this break and why you are suffering. No job is worth destroying your physical and emotional well-being. Your employer can replace you, but you’re indispensable to the people who depend on you.

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