Filipino Food in Singapore

Food 18 July 2019 | 0 Comments

Pinoy is a slang for Filipino and if you are from the Philippines and happen to find yourself craving Filipino food in Singapore, then you are in luck! The funny thing about Filipinos is that they tend to make anywhere around the world feel like home and Singapore is not an exception at all. Due to the many Filipinos in Singapore, people have begun to start some Filipino friendly restaurants which may not amount to the legendary standard of “luto ni nanay” (mom’s cooking), the food will most definitely bring you a piece of dear Philippines.

One complex thing about Filipino cuisine is that we have a lot of different methods and use a lot of different ingredients from other countries but then again, every country’s cuisine is different. Cooking is a basic skill for a Filipino as it is a common chore that they are expected to perform especially when it comes to cooking rice! Speaking of rice, Filipino’s love eating rice to the point that some of them can even eat rice with spaghetti or rice with soy sauce. The Filipino tongue is filled with exotic flavour as the bagoong (shrimp paste) with manga can make up for a very interesting flavor. Although getting some of the ingredients needed to cook some of our favorite dishes in Singapore, the Filipino food still tastes amazing!

Filipinos are used to having a small garden or having small stores around the neighborhood where they can find most of the herbs and ingredients used to cook their recipes but in Singapore, it is much harder to get herbs like the laurel leaves and etc. Some Filipino favorites that we all love are served with much welcoming spirit in Singapore. Dishes like adobo, sinigang, kare-kare, lechon kawali, lechon manok, lechon, sisig, and many more. The best part is that you can even order your favorite tapsilog meals in Singapore!

Finding a place like home in a different part of the world is hard and sometimes frustrating because there will never be a place as good as home but at least in Singapore, there are places that serve with the genuine Pinoy spirit and for those non-Pinoy who enjoy the Filipino cuisine, Singapore is not a place that will make finding a good Filipino restaurant hard for you.

Masarap ang pagkain ng Pinoy kahit saan man sa mundo. Filipino food is amazing anywhere in the world!

Singapore Fitness

Health and Wellness 18 July 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the good things about Singapore is how they are very active in healthy living. It might be shocking but you better get used to see people jogging at two in the morning. Singaporeans make time for fitness no matter how busy they may get. There are countless parks where people are free to workout with natural workout equipment like the pull-up bar and many others.

Getting fit in Singapore is not that hard because of how fitness has slowly found its way into culture due to the mandatory scout and military training, you will find men at the age of 40 still having a well-shaped body as they continue to maintain their fitness by occasionally working out despite the busy schedule.

Here are some ways to get fit in Singapore:

1.  Take a look around the neighbourhood

There are many places in Singapore where you can workout. The parks in Singapore are very accessible and they also have a playground-like workout station. As long as you are not in a busy neighborhood, you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect spot for you to workout. Finding a gym nearby is great for those who want to fully dedicate themselves to fitness but if you haven’t got the time nor the desire for intense fitness, going for a run every once in while will still keep you fit.

2.  Make a diet and list the places where you can eat or buy food

The temptations in Singapore are very strong as there are a lot of places to just have a quick bite of something not helpful to your diet. Find places around your neighborhood where you can eat without feeling guilty. Finding a place near work helps keep you on track as you won’t settle for something against your diet.

3.  Start simple

Most people tend to over complicate things especially when they are starting. Sometimes to the point of information overload which usually kills the progress even before they start. Make a plan that is simple and possible. You do not have to start with great intensity just yet, start smart and start small. Fitness is trendy in Singapore and getting yourself into fitness isn’t that hard as the environment itself will inspire you to push your limits. Singapore is a great place to build yourself not just when it comes to work but also when it comes to fitness.  Progress doesn’t have to be intense, progress just has to be consistent.

Finding a Job in Singapore

Work Productivity 18 July 2019 | 0 Comments

Finding a job could be tedious not just in Singapore but everywhere. Unless of course you have an outstanding resume which could make the process of finding a job very easy no matter where you are. Now, what makes Singapore different when it comes to work? Well, Singapore is a place where people take pride in their ability and are way too competitive to allow what they want to be given to someone else. Here are a few things that could help you not just to find a job but also to be accepted:

1.  Look around the city

Since Singapore is such a small city, you are bound to find something. Talking to people also help increase your chances of finding a job. Looking up the different job availabilities in Singapore isn’t that hard as most of the job offers can be found online. Hopefully you already have a target job which makes things easier since you would only have to focus on one company.

2.  Be professional

Professionalism can be very tricky in Singapore as some of the gestures we do may feel like we are extending our efforts but are actually expected of you. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it.

a.  Time. Punctuality is very important as Singaporeans have a very busy schedule. Even during the interview process, you are expected to keep your answers direct to the point. Although it may seem humourless, when it comes to work, everyone is serious.

b.  Conduct. Extending your courtesy is a great idea and actually gives you an upper hand as it makes yourself easier to digest but there is a fine line between being courteous and being a waste of time and it is better not to cross that line.

3.  Follow up

Another great moved which increases your chances of success is contacting the company after the interview and treat them with class by thanking them for their time and wishing for the best for you and for them. Although this does not always work, it actually sets the tone and helps make you classier than the other applicants.

These are just a few tips but hopefully they land you a job in Singapore. Although Singapore is a land of opportunity, you still have to work your way to the top. Getting a job is just the start to a whole new chapter in your life and who knows? Singapore might be the place you’ve always wanted to be.

The Different Types of Paint Sprayers and How to Use Them Effectively

Uncategorized 28 December 2018 | 0 Comments

Using a paint sprayer to paint certain areas in your home can make the paint job appear to be more smooth and uniform. They go beyond the ordinary paintbrush and open up more options that you can blaze through with ease.

Types of Paint Sprayers

However, not all paint sprayers are fit for every type of paint job. Because they can vary in terms of pressure and volume capacity, the key is to understand how they work and which one is best for which.

There are three basic types of paint sprayers:

  • Airless – This type of sprayer works not by using compressed air, but by pumping the paint out at a high pressure. The paint fans out in droplets over a wide area, which results in an even coat of paint.

Airless paint sprayers are best used with interior paint and residential outdoor projects, and work best with thick paint.

  • Compressed air – Compressed air paint sprayers use compressed air, which forces the paint out onto the surface for a smoother and more even finish. Because they are so simple and foolproof, they are the perfect tools to use for beginners.

Compressed air paint sprayers are mostly used for cabinets and furniture, and is rarely used for other surfaces because they use up a lot of paint.

  • HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) – This type of paint sprayer works by using a steady volume of air to make the paint droplets stick to the surface, which gives you a more precise, less messy result that saves you on paint for your interior jobs.

Most HVLP paint sprayers work best with thinner paints, though there are industrial or commercial models that allow you to opt for lacquer and varnish.

How to Use a Paint Sprayer Effectively

Paint sprayers can be intimidating for those who aren’t used to them, which is why the safest way to start practicing is by spraying on some cardboard to improve your technique. Once you have the feel of how it works, you can then proceed to start painting other things such as furniture.  

As much as possible, keep the paint between 7 and 23 degrees Celsius. Any higher or lower will affect the quality of the paint, which could either cause it to clog the nozzle or make the paint runny and less cohesive. Painting in direct sunlight could also affect how the paint looks.

Always remember to use paint sprayers with care as they can operate with extremely high pressure. Never use your fingers when cleaning out the nozzle as it could possibly inject paint into the skin if the sprayer tip makes contact, which could introduce deadly toxins into the body.

5 Tips and Tricks for a Better Paint Spraying Experience

Uncategorized 28 December 2018 | 0 Comments

Using a paint sprayer to paint certain areas in your home can make the paint job appear to be more smooth and uniform. They go beyond the ordinary paintbrush and open up more options that you can blaze through with ease.

However, using a paint sprayer can be intimidating if you don’t use it often. Here are a few tips you can follow to make yourself familiar with the equipment:

1. Always wear proper protective gear.

Don’t just wear a dust mask when spraying any surface. Because you will be exposed to droplets of paint, be sure to wear a respirator as well as goggles and an apron, and keep your work area properly ventilated.  

2. Prime your pump before using it.

Most paint sprayers have a valve with two or more options. Dial the switch to prime and press the “on” switch before slowly turning the pressure valve up. Be sure to allow it to run for about thirty seconds to remove any air bubbles.

Don’t forget to clean the pump after use! The biggest reason why paint sprayers stop working is because the paint is left to dry without cleaning. However, avoid touching the nozzle with your bare hands – it could inject paint into your skin.

3. Always test your paint sprayer on a piece of scrap material with the same surface as your project.

Spray a few test shots onto the material to see the spray pattern before moving on to your project. This will give you a feel on how the paint sprayer works and minimizes any chances of slipping up or possibly undoing any progress.

This also works when you’re testing out new techniques or nozzles.

4. Test your paint sprayer with different accessories.

While paint sprayers are designed to make painting large surface areas (i.e. ceilings, walls, floors) much easier and faster, there are also accessories that can help you accomplish the task much faster.

Depending on your project, you may need different hoses to keep your paint sprayer versatile, filters to ensure a smooth finish, conditioners to keep corrosion and sticking to a minimum, and different tips to let you work with paints of varying thicknesses.

5. Don’t spray the surface up close.

This can cause the paint to be runny and would result in a less even finish, as well as splash on your eyes or nose if you’re not wearing protective gear. What you want is for the paint to be as evenly distributed throughout the surface as possible.

Depending on the type of nozzle or paint sprayer that you have, always place enough distance between the surface and the nozzle to achieve the best results.

How to Stop Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

Health and Wellness 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments

The lack of quality sleep at night can have certain detrimental effects during the day, and when they can build up, you will find that you don’t function as well as when you’ve had enough sleep.

This especially happens when you find yourself waking up in during odd hours more often than you would like. While it doesn’t necessarily indicate anything, having this happen to you too many times means that something could be wrong with the way you get your precious shut-eye.

Here are a few steps you can take to start getting quality sleep again:

1. Wind down and relax.
It’s highly likely that the reason why you wake up in the middle of the night and find it hard to go back to sleep is because you’re taking your stress to bed without a chance to relax. Whether you are aware of this or not, this can affect the quality of your sleep.

To keep this from happening, there’s a good number of things you can do to wind down before you close your eyes, from reading, to meditating, to practicing some deep breathing exercises.

2. Establish a pre-sleep routine.
Your brain loves routine, and establishing a pre-sleep routine is a great way to let your brain know that it’s time to unwind and get ready for sleep. Whatever routine you choose, make it a point to stop all work and transition towards your bedtime.

Be sure to do this for a few weeks to establish the routine and stick with it. Eventually, you will find that your sleep will improve and you will wake up in the morning feeling more refreshed.

3. Avoid eating before sleep.
Eating or drinking certain foods or beverages shortly before sleep can get you an upset stomach and is another way for you to wake up in the middle of the night, and in turn affect the quality of your sleep.

These are the following foods and beverages that can disrupt your sleep:

• Foods rich in trans-fats – Highly processed fat sources can cause cortisol to increase, which can disrupt your sleep cycle. Desserts, such as cookies, donuts, and even cakes are rich in trans fats.

• Vegetable oils – Safflower, palm, and canola oil can also give you the same problem by increasing cortisol levels in your body.

• Alcohols – While it’s common to drink alcohol after a long day to wind down and sleep more comfortably, it actually increases wakefulness during the second half of the sleep cycle.

Be sure to avoid taking these types of foods and beverages at least an hour or two before bed, and dimming the lights can also help your melatonin levels (the hormone responsible for tiredness), which signal your brain that it’s time for sleep.

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