3 Reasons Why You Should Own a Cardigan

Fashion and Clothing 21 June 2018 | 0 Comments

Singapore may have a tropical climate all year round, but a cool, overcast morning will still have you reaching for the nearest thing to a jacket that isn’t made mostly for rain. Enter the cardigan: made of cotton or wool, can either be thick or thin, and can be worn open or closed.

There are some reservations about sporting a cardigan. To be more specific, they are seen as clothing worn by two types of people: grandfathers and college professors, which is a reason why many people avoid them.

However, once you get past these stereotypes, you will find that a cardigan is not only functional, but highly fashionable as well. Here are three reasons why you should have at least one in your wardrobe:

1. Cardigans are extremely versatile and can be worn for different occasions.
One of the best things about the cardigan is that they are quite hard to mess up. Almost anything goes with a cardigan, from polos to tees, to even button-downs. They can be used to complement both casual wear and semi-formal attire.

Keep in mind that there are different types of cardigans suited for different occasions. Thick and patterned cardigans are best suited for purely casual occasions, while smart/business casual cardigans are thinner and more plain-looking.

The general rule of thumb when telling a man’s cardigan from a woman’s cardigan is by judging the fit and the buttons. If it’s too tight against the skin or has large buttons, it’s most likely a woman’s cardigan.

2. They maximize your silhouette.
Criteria for men’s and women’s cardigans may be different, but men’s cardigans should ideally be flattering to their body types – narrowest under the rib cage, and then slowly widening down the hips to give the chest that seemingly tapered shape.

When buying a cardigan, the key is to get one that’s comfortably loose without being saggy. Shoulder seams should be on your shoulder and not fall on your biceps. For buttoned or zippered cardigans, it should be tight enough that it doesn’t sag in front when you lean forward.

3. A cardigan allows for more combinations with your wardrobe.
A cardigan’s versatility not only allows you to mix and match with any shirt or outfit that you feel like wearing for the day, but it also lets you mix and match with a wide variety of accessories, be it hats, your favorite pair of aviator shades, or even a good leather bag.

Cardigans are also easy to take care of. As much as possible, skip the hanger and just fold to avoid those awkward shoulder dimples.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

Maintenance Works From a Professional Painting Service

Painting Services 30 May 2018 | 0 Comments

Keeping up with the painting maintenance of multi-unit housing buildings can be daunting. Other than the occasional plumbing issues, seasonal preparations and maintenance of bigger fixtures like the roof and the lawn, a property owner or manager has quite so much in their plate. However, if you hire a professional painting contractor in Singapore, you can tick off one major job from your list.

Your painting services provider will take care of everything regarding the interior and exterior painting of your building, including the following:

Getting Rid of Mold
Mold thrives in warm and humid areas. For constantly moist areas of the house, like the basement and the bathroom, HDB painting service use special paints that are specifically designed to prevent formation of mold. If you start to notice a wall with mildew or mold in it, closely check the area to find out its severity.

For minor problems, clean it with water and bleach solution. If it’s a larger area, you may need the help of professional painting services to repaint the affected area.

Cleaning Stains
Once you have located the area of your property that needs to be cleaned and repainted, your painting contractor will initially wash the surface with water and damp sponge. For deeper cleaning, hire painters for home and office work because commercial services use a more potent cleaning substance before proceeding with the repainting process.

Handling Fading Paint
The best way to avoid premature fading of paint is to invest in superior quality paints. It’s not that these pricier paints won’t fade, because they do overtime. They just fade gracefully compared to cheaper types of paints.

To ensure that only quality paints are used on your condo painting, work only with a reliable painting contractor. They know which paints are worth investing on, plus the best painter can help you find great deals with their exclusive connections to painting manufacturers here in Singapore.

Pressure Washing
After so many years of not repainting, you may notice a build up of dirt and grime on some surfaces of your property. This can easily be cleaned by pressure washing. The best painter usually has this as part of their painting services. It is among the preparation procedure before your property gets repainted.

Avoiding Rot
Paint is more than just providing color to your building. If applied properly, it greatly helps in slowing down the natural rotting and weathering process of any surface. When working with an HDB painting service to paint your property, check for yourself the undersides of corner boards just to make sure. Although condo painting professionals knows this very well, it doesn’t hurt to check their works yourelf.

A quality commercial paint job will add value to your property and bring life to the exterior and interiors of the building. By understanding the job of your painting contractor and working only with the most reliable and reputable company here in Singapore, you can keep your property looking brand new for the years to come.

Blogging in Singapore

Lifestyle 15 May 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you have what it takes to become a blogger? Well, that really depends. Now, here’s a couple of questions for you to ask yourself before you become an actual blogger. The first question to ask yourself is why do you want to become a blogger? Knowing your intent for becoming a blogger affects the tone of your blogs. It is very important to know why you want to become a blogger, whether for business or for pleasure. Writing for businesses means that the tone of your blogs should become less personal and more objective and open for criticism instead of having a strong personal remark about whatever matter you are writing about.

The second question to ask yourself is what are you passionate and well-knowledgeable about? Blogging about something you completely do not understand would become a great problem for you later on as people start to not only question your blogs, but experts who know more than you would start correcting you and it would definitely affect you in the long run.

Now, how do you start blogging? Well, the start can be tricky as you are still trying to get into the spotlight. Writing about a popular topic and one is a great way to start. But writing isn’t everything, you also have to market your first article properly. It may cost you a little but the right marketing at the start would definitely help you go a long way. Paying to have your blogs featured is perfectly normal during the start. It might seem like something you would not want to do as you are trying to gather your audience through organic means, this does not always work out the way you want it to during the start.

Blogging is not just about the content, it is also about the branding. Although the topics are very important, your approach towards a certain topic is important as well. Make sure you are able to approach a certain topic with your signature approach which you will later on be known for. Your approach has to be unique because you have to put into mind that there may be a hundred people out there trying to blog about the same topic.

Writing about a popular topic during the start of your blogging career is very important since you still haven’t found your audience. It is a great idea to target certain groups instead of just individuals and try to penetrate their circle. That way, not only will you have your audience but they will also market your work for you.

Blogging may be a hard thing to do, but if you are determined enough to do it, why shouldn’t you?

The Importance of Silence

Health and Wellness 15 May 2018 | 0 Comments

Some of us aren’t used to silence. In fact, some of us dread it. But what’s so scary about silence? Is it the fact that we do not trust ourselves with our thoughts, is it the fact that without words, we aren’t able to connect with the things and people around us? Well, there are a lot of reasons why we aren’t comfortable with silence but what we don’t realize is that silence is actually important.

When was the last time you sat quietly with yourself without feeling even the slight bit uncomfortable? Well, was there ever a time where you were able to remain in silence without feeling uncomfortable? There are only a fortunate few who have actually learned to enjoy and accept silence. This may seem like a ridiculous thought but how on earth can silence be good for you? Well, silence has a lot of ways to remain beautiful but the question is, how are we suppose to be able to appreciate it?

Finding the beauty in silence is like finding the beauty in simplicity, it may be hard to find something so abstract in something so plain but that’s actually the point. You aren’t suppose to be looking for something abstract. In fact, you are suppose to be looking for something else. You see, the less we focus on some of our senses, the stronger our other senses become.

This is what silence has to offer to us. Silence offers us clarity. clarity of not just our thoughts but also other senses.

Silence wants us to listen. But the question is, listen to who? Well, to ourselves. See, most of us spend our time listening to the opinions and thoughts of other people instead of constructing our own ideas, perspectives, and opinions. Knowing yourself is the best asset you will ever be able to acquire. Once you have become familiar to the many different strengths and weaknesses you posses, the easier it is for you to improve yourself.

You see, the more you know yourself, the easier it is for you to be able to build yourself into a stronger individual. Strength comes only when you acknowledge how vulnerable you actually are. Vulnerability and self-awareness, once recognized, will become your assets. If you deny the weaknesses you posses, how will you be able to defend yourself once people target those certain weaknesses?

It’s okay to be silent. It’s okay to sit in silence. But it is not okay if you aren’t able to make the most out of the silence around you. Besides, you are often surrounded with the voices of other people. Maybe it is time to listen to your own voice.

Psychiatric Illnesses Associated with Old Age

General Health 23 April 2018 | 0 Comments

According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are common among the elderly, accounting for at least 15% of the population. Even if older adults aged 60 and above can still contribute to the society, they are at high risk of developing diseases and might experience various conditions at the same time. They are also reluctant to ask for help especially with the stigma surrounding mental illness.

What are the most common psychiatric disorders of the elderly?

Dementia
Dementia is the umbrella term for the conditions marked by the following symptoms: deterioration in the thinking skills, memory loss, and inability to perform daily activities. WHO estimated that there are 47.5 million people with dementia, most of them coming from middle class and low-income families. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s, which is associated with physiological aging, history of head traumas, history of depression, mental inactivity, and genetic makeup. It’s not uncommon as well for the elderly to experience comorbidity, or the presence of two chronic illnesses at the same time.

Cerebrovascular Diseases
The most common forms are ischemic WMLs (white matter lesions) and stroke which mirror the symptoms of depression. There is a need to distinguish between the two conditions because it’s also common for patients who have had a stroke to also suffer from depression. If not treated properly, it can lead to cognitive impairment. There are also studies that point to the relation of depression and the risk of having a stroke or ischemic WMLs, because depression might affect insulin resistance and platelet activation.

Depression
According to the WHO, the type of depression most commonly experienced by the elderly is unipolar depression, while others suffer from subsyndromal depression or dysthymia. In most cases, it is undiagnosed and untreated in the elderly because they are dismissed as problems associated with getting old, but contrary to this belief, depression isn’t a part of normal aging. Depression is usually triggered by changes in an old adult’s life like the death of loved ones, health problems, financial dependence, and inability to do the things they used to enjoy when they were more physically capable. It’s not uncommon for the elderly to rely on substances such as alcohol to forget their worries and troubles. Some also take more medications to feel better, especially if the elderly is also suffering from other health problems.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders commonly experienced by the elderly include phobia, panic attacks, and social anxiety. Like depression, anxiety disorders stem from the changes experienced by the elderly as well as stress, failing health, and memory loss. In some cases, anxiety and depression are both experienced by the elderly and will cause the person to interact less with other people, focus on being alone and safe, and will be fixated with routine. The most vulnerable people are those who have experienced traumatic events, those who experienced loss of family members, and those with chronic illnesses.

The Saddest Movies You Should Watch

Movies 23 April 2018 | 0 Comments

If you’ve never cried over movies before, try these 12 sad films and see how long you can hold back the tears.

Life is Beautiful (1997)
Guido Orefice is a Jewish Italian businessman who tried to shield his son from the terrors of the concentration camp by making up stories and games.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Seita and Setsuko have been orphaned by the Second World War. With nowhere to turn to, the children tried to survive in a bomb shelter by themselves.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Inspired by the novel of the same title by John Boyne, it features two boys in an extermination camp who developed a friendship not knowing one of them is a son of a Nazi commandant and the other is a Jew.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
This film is a remake of the 1987 movie Hachikou Monogatari and tells the story of the friendship between a music professor and an Akita. Hachi always waited for him at the train station until the professor stopped coming.

Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Based on the novel of the same title by William Styron, the film features Sophie Zawistowski who moved to Brooklyn after spending time at the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

The Green Mile (1999)
Paul Edgecomb is a death row corrections officer who met a mentally-challenged inmate named John Coffey. John was convicted or rape and murder, but later shows that he has supernatural powers after he healed Paul.

Philadelphia (1993)
Andrew Beckett had everything you can ask for until a firm partner pointed out that he had a lesion on his head and was later dismissed. It turned out that he had cancer caused by AIDS. He contacted the lawyer Joe Miller to take his case, but the latter was afraid he would contract AIDS too.

I Am Sam (2001)
Sam Dawson, Lucy’s father, had a developmental disability who needs to fight to secure his parental rights after his ability to take care of the child was questioned.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Based on a true story, it recalls the life of Chris Gardner who struggled to make a better life for his son despite being broke and homeless.

The Elephant Man (1980)
The film is based on the life of Joseph Merrick who was a severely deformed star of a freak show. In the movie, the first name was changed to John.

Love Story (1970)
Inspired by the novel of the same title by Erich Segal, it tells the story of Oliver Barrett IV and Jennifer Cavalleri who fall in love despite their class differences. Oliver’s parents threatened to cut off ties with him if he married Jennifer.

Old Yeller (1957)
Based on the novel by Fred Gipson, it tells the story of the friendship between the boy Travis Coates and a stray dog named Old Yeller during the post-Civil War.

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