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.

5 Amazing Singaporean Desserts You Need to Try Out Right Now

All About Singapore 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments

Singapore’s diverse culture extends from its language, to its art, and especially to its cuisine, which includes the many desserts that have come to the country from all over the world to become beloved by locals and tourists alike.

And if you hate feeling left out, here are a few of them that you probably haven’t tried out (that you really should right now):

1. Tissue prata
Tissue prata is the Singaporean counterpart to Indian roti prata that’s sweet and paper-thin, and needs a skilled cook to be just the right amount of crisp and oiliness without tearing up the prata, or flatbread.

You can choose to have your prata served with toppings such as ice cream, a drizzle of sugar, chocolate sauce, or even coconut jam for a truly local twist.

2. Grass jelly
Chin chow is more than just an ingredient for drinks – it can be just as refreshing when enjoyed as a jelly.
This dessert is made from aged mint stalks and boiled with starch until it results in a jelly-like consistency, and served cold over ice (and with your choice of honey or syrup on the side) for a surprisingly refreshing treat.

3. Pineapple tart
Because it usually comes around during the holiday seasons, from Hari Raya to Chinese New Year, pineapple tarts are definitely a dessert that should feel more familiar to tourists and frequent visitors to Singapore.

But if you haven’t, then you’re definitely missing out on this piece of butter pastry either generously smeared or filled with pineapple jam, lightly spiced for an extra kick.

4. Tau Huay
One of the most ubiquitous desserts that you’ll find basically everywhere is tau huay, or soya bean curd, which is made with soybean milk boiled with sugar and cooled until it forms a pudding.

There are a lot of ways that tau huay is prepared, whether it’s hot or cold, traditionally or modern, and everyone has a stall that makes their tau huay just the way they want it.

5. Durian Pengat
If you fancy yourself some durian but find it sad that they’re not in season, then fret not. You’re sure to love a serving of this amazing durian mousse to sate your durian cravings any time of the year, as this particular treat is available all year round.

You can even choose to add a scoop of your choice of ice cream, such as durian or coconut, to fully and thoroughly spoil yourself.

Finding amazing local delicacies doesn’t always mean you have to really go out of your way to find them – in Singapore, they’re practically everywhere and not that hard to miss – and to top it all off, they’re really cheap.

What are you waiting for? Go to your nearest hawker center and try them out now!

The Basics of International Logistics

Business Practices 14 November 2018 | 0 Comments

Cargo handling can be a tedious process, but thankfully, a trusted freight forwarding company in Singapore can help make the process easier. Before you book an appointment, however, make sure that you read up on these basic terms and requirements vital for the step-by-step procedure.

• Permits and Certificates. Your freight forwarder will take care of the documentation, representation and negotiation as part of the logistics service. These include the completion of permits and certificates necessary to import and export goods. Your logistics services company from Singapore will handle your bill of laden, which is a document that includes the details, destination and quantity of the goods that have been agreed upon by the shipper and receiver.

• Freighting Process. Movement of good from the origin warehouse to the destination warehouse follows the following steps: export haulage or the transportation of merchandise from the point of origin to the logistics company that is responsible for picking the transportation carrier; export customs clearance or the submission of details about the cargo and the agreements between the sender and receiver; origin handling or the booking of the carrier or liner for international freight; import customs clearance for submission of other requirements; destination handling or the receipt of documents from the freight forwarder at the point of origin; import haulage or the collection of the cargo by the consignee; and the distribution of goods.

• Types of Freight. The freight forwarder is responsible for choosing the cheapest, fastest, and safest method to move the merchandise. This requires that the company help to organise shipment before transporting it to the airline carrier, trucking services or the ocean liner. Air freight has different requirements from that of sea freight. Air freight is usually faster and is ideal for goods that are time-sensitive. But it is expensive and has a limited cargo space and weight. Sea freight is the best choice for most types of goods and is also cheap. However, delays are very common because it can be affected by weather and demand. Negotiations and booking are part of the freight forwarding services.

• Duties and Taxes. As coordinator for shipping of goods, your freight broker will be the one responsible for the transport of your items to and from Singapore. When opting for a sea freight, your logistics company will always ensure that taxes and legal documents are ready and complied, so your shipment docks to its destination safely in terms of its legalities.

• Customs Clearance. Perhaps the most important role of the freight forwarding company for the transportation of shipments is to help the sender and consignee with completing the requirements for export and import customs clearance. Importing goods in the country for example requires a customs permit and a detailed knowledge of the prohibited/controlled goods, depositing of the merchandise, unstuffing/sealing of goods, and the duties and taxes.

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