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How You May Be Sabotaging Yourself at Work

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Even though you’re doing a good work, you might be wondering why your career isn’t advancing at the pace that you expected. If so, then it’s possible that you’re subconsciously sabotaging yourself in a number of ways. With that in mind, we listed down some of the common ways on how you may be sabotaging yourself at work.

1. You’re Always Late at Work

Regardless of the type of job you’re currently in, there’s always something about showing up late for work that signifies that you’re not that serious about what you do. It may be an unfortunate reality, given that you need to work through lunch or until late in the evening to make up for the time you lost, but its reality nevertheless. So aim to arrive on time whenever possible, so as to avoid leaving a bad impression on your boss.

2. You Avoid Getting Attention

Another way of sabotaging yourself at work is by avoiding getting any attention. We know that you don’t want to seem like a show-off, but no one will notice the efforts you’re putting in your work unless you flaunt them a little. One way of successfully doing it is to be updated on your own achievements. Make sure that you keep a list of your accomplishments both outside and inside of your work. It would also be a smart move to post some career-related statuses or tweets on your social media accounts. This way, you can effortlessly make your achievements known to both your current and future employers.

3. You Often Forget to Set Your Priorities

It’s quite easy to get swept in a whirlwind of responsibilities and tasks – you take a phone call, respond to an email, and perform a task you just thought of. Before you even know it, the day is already over and you still haven’t done your ‘important’ work. Setting your priorities straight is what will help you resolve this issue. By following a clear priority system, you’ll be able to determine which tasks can be done later and which ones need your attention now.

4. You Refuse to Try a New Work System

Most of us sabotage our own potential to shine at work by being deeply ingrained in a system that we’ve relied on and used for years. We’ve created a set routine and so we’re afraid of changing it, since it worked fine up until now. If you want to truly maximize your potential, however, you need to experiment and try the new processes and routines available. Don’t worry if it won’t immediately work out for the better. Eventually, you’ll discover a new system that will allow you to showcase more of you potential at work.

If you ever find yourself committing any of these acts of sabotage, do know that you’re not alone. These issues are common in the modern work culture and they will manifest even without you noticing. But now that you know the effects they could bring on your work, you can already take some proactive measures to cut off their influence on your working life.

6 Reasons to Love in the iPhone 7

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Just a couple of months ago, Apple unveiled its recent addition to the brand’s series of most exceptional phones—the iPhone 7. Although you’re iPhone 6 is still working perfectly fine and you clearly don’t need to shell out for another Apple product, in case you’re sceptical whether to buy the new iPhone 7, here are the top reasons why we see people would buy it.

1. Water-Resistance

Submerging your iPhone in a bowl of rice is a thing of the past. You will no longer need to shield your iPhone from the rain or miss out on those beach holiday selfies, because Apple’s flagship phone is designed to withstand water and dust.

2. Longer battery life

We’ve all been in those times: when we’re lost somewhere or really need to meet a friend and our phone dies. The new iPhone is going to save us from those inconvenient circumstances with the longest battery life among all smartphones. The iPhone 7 provides two more hours of battery life than the iPhone 6s, while iPhone 7 Plus offers its users an extra hour of battery juice compared to the 6s Plus.

3. Faster Performance

There’s nothing more annoying than slow technology, especially when streaming videos. Apple claims that the newest iPhone is now made faster, running 120 times faster than its predecessors. Built with the most powerful processing chip in smartphones, iPhone 7 is ultimately designed with slicker and easier user experience in mind.

4. Stereo Speakers

To compensate with the loss of headphone jack, Apple put in place an all-new stereo speaker system on the new iPhone. With Apple’s quality speakers on both top and bottom of the unit, there’s no need to silence the crowd to clearly hear what’s on loudspeakers.

5. Larger Storage for the Same Pricing

Apple has foregone the 16GB and 64GB storage, and offered 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. The giant mobile company claims that the process will still be the same (at least in the US). If prices stay the same, users will get twice the storage at the same prices as the iPhone 6s.

6. Enhanced Home Button

With the Apple’s Taptic Engine, the new iPhone’s home button is technically no longer a button, though it produces the same sensation as an actual button when you press it. The sensation simply allows you to feel familiar with the new feature without having it to perform in a mechanical manner. You can modify the button’s ‘click’ response pattern according to your liking.

Overall, if you’re using an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you’d still be happy of your current unit. For avid iPhone users, the newly released iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do offer notable improvements that make the cost of an upgrade worth it.

Hiring Contractors for Your Rental Property

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Whether you’re a property owner in Singapore or a newly hired property manager, when it comes to handling a rental property, keeping every unit in tiptop condition is a number one necessity. Therefore, it really pays off to hire a professional contractor.

Before you start scanning the yellow pages and asking family, friends, and neighbors around, find out first how you should hire a qualified contractor to take care of your investment property.

Professionals Are a Must

Professionals provide quality work, and it is the most important matter in making sure that your rental units are in their best condition. Professional contractors vary mainly in knowledge and skills, and a little research beforehand can ensure that you hire the best worker.

When hiring contractors for property management, you need to consider the quality of work and the completion time. Though the cost must be considered as well, it shouldn’t be the only deciding factor. Look for someone who is an expert in a specific task, and not someone who claims that he knows how to do various things. For instance, if you need someone to fix your electric lines, hire an electrician. If you need someone to fix the pipes and faucets, hire a plumber. Never be fooled by a contractor who claims that he “specializes” in 10 different jobs.

Require Certifications and Licenses

Singapore has a public database for licensed and certified workers related to property management and construction industry. Hiring someone with valid license and/or certification will ensure great work and protect you from great loss if in case the hired worker damages your property or himself. Countries have created regulations to protect property owners from scammers that agree to contracts that will never be fulfilled. When you need properties manager from Singapore and choose to hire professional contractors, estimations are often free of charge, and all works are invoiced and well-detailed after problem inspection is completed.

Payment System for Contractors

An initial payment of 20 to 30 percent is typically required by contractors to get the work started. This enables your workers to purchase all necessary materials and start the work. If your managing agent employs separate workers, the salary of those employees are already included in the down payment. Your managing agent should not require you to pay an additional amount because additional workers are required when the job starts. Always be mindful with the expenses and never fail to check it every after major purchase. Your remaining balance should only be settled after the work is done, and the contractor should be able to provide you with a warranty in case of component failure or workmanship error.

Hiring a reliable contractor for a rental property can be difficult, especially when you’re not informed with the right things to do. Following the tips above will help you avoid scammers and ensure that your property is maintained professionally. Lastly, if working with a management company, you can ask these experts for recommendations for hiring quality contractors.

What Happens During an STD Screening?

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Cases of sexually-transmitted diseases or STD have been on the rise globally in recent years. Even Singapore is not spared from such cases, that is why there is a campaign to raise awareness of these diseases. Most of these infections can be treated at hospitals when detected early. One way to determine if you have sexually transmitted disease is to get an STD testing.

Do I Need STD Screening?

An STD screening is done to determine if you are infected with any of the common sexually-transmitted diseases. It’s important to get an STD test for the following reasons: you are sexually active; you have had more than one intimate partner; you and your partner are planning not to use contraceptives like condom; when you’re planning to have a baby; or if you see symptoms of STDs.

Testing Procedures

There is no one test for all STDs. Some of the infections need specific STD testing. To determine which STD tests you will need, you have to talk to your doctor or health care provider in Singapore about the options available. The doctor will interview you about the symptoms, your health history, your sexual practices and other information. STD screening is done using physical exams, blood sampling, urine sampling and tissue/cell/discharge/saliva sampling. For example, if you suspect that you have HIV-AIDS, blood testing and oral swab testing are recommended.

What is an STD?

Sexually-transmitted diseases are sometimes called sexually-transmitted infections or STIs. The word “infection” describes the very nature of STDS—they can be transmitted through sexual contact with another person. An STD that can be tested at http://www.kensingtonfamilyclinic.com/std-hiv/hiv-testing in Singapore is acquired through intimate contact or placing your hands, mouth or genitals on the sores or genitals of another person who has an infection. A lot of STDs don’t have symptoms until they affect other organs in the body. You will know if you need an STD testing if you have a lot of intimate contact with more than one person. Any sexually-transmitted disease should be given serious attention because you are placing your life and your partner’s life in danger.

What is HIV?

One of the most dreaded STDs is HIV-AIDs. HIV means human immunodeficiency virus. It’s a disease that targets your immune system, that is why patients with this condition are prone to other diseases. The virus attacks the T cells or CD4 cells which are supposed to help the body’s immune system. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. AIDS is the final stage of HIV. HIV in time will destroy most of the T cells and in turn, your body will not be able to fight off diseases and infections effectively. While HIV is destroying the CD4 cells, it continuously makes copies of itself. Unfortunately, HIV cannot be cured but the symptoms can be treated. The only sure way to find out if you have HIV is to get an STD test.

What is AIDS?

AIDS means acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Not all HIV patients progress to AIDS, considered the final stage of HIV. By the time the person has AIDS, the body’s immune system has progressively weakened that you can no longer fight off infections and diseases. A person who undergoes STD screening and has a CD4 cell count of below 200 cells/mm3 has AIDS. It’s not HIV-AIDS that is going to endanger the life of the person, but an opportunistic illness that cannot be warded off by the body’s weak immune system. Unfortunately, the life expectancy for HIV-AIDS patients with an opportunistic illness such as pneumonia is short.

Common STDs

The following are the most common STD cases in Singapore within the last decade according to various studies.

1. Gonorrhea. This sexually transmitted disease can affect both men and women. It is acquired through genital contact with someone who is infected. A pregnant woman can also pass gonorrhea to the baby, so it’s important to get STD screening if you experience the following symptoms: pain when urinating, discharges, itching around the anal area, painful bowel movements, and swollen testicles in men.

2. Non-Gonococcal Urethritis. NGU is a sexually-transmitted disease that affects the urethra. It is caused by other STDs except gonorrhea. The symptoms are almost the same as gonorrhea, however. There is discharge, pain when urinating, itching or tenderness in men, pain and vaginal bleeding in women, and sore throat if it’s an oral infection.

3. Syphilis. This disease is spread when you become intimate and come into contact with your partner’s syphilis sores. Some people, however, don’t notice that they have sores and unwittingly pass the disease to their partners. Mothers can also pass this to their unborn child. There are no noticeable syphilis symptoms except for the sores which can occasionally be mistaken for other conditions like pimples or ingrown hair.

4. Chlamydia. Like syphilis, chlamydia doesn’t have noticeable symptoms, that is why it’s important to get tested. You might experience some of the following symptoms, however; discharges in men, pain when urinating, bleeding after an intimate contact, and pain in the testicles or pelvic area. Chlamydia can cause infertility and pelvic or testicle pain when left untreated.

5. Genital Warts. The flesh-colored warts are usually found in the genital area or around the mouth. Some might be too small to be visible. These warts appear because of the human papillomavirus or HPV which has more than 40 different strains. When HPV is untreated in some cases, it might develop into cervical cancer and can cause problems during pregnancy.

6. Genital Herpes. This disease is caused by one of either two viruses called the herpes simplex viruses type 1 and type 2. Infected persons develop blisters. Some of these can disappear after time but that doesn’t mean you’re no longer infected.

For the Love of Jeans

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Jeans never go out of fashion. Styles and cuts may come and go but jeans will always look good with almost any outfit. Even faded denim is considered fashionable by some people.
The word jeans refer to the type of fabric and is also sometimes used to mean the type of trousers called blue jeans. Jeans is the word used for this type of trousers because they were first made in Genoa, Italy.

Denim and Dungaree

Jeans are made from denim or dungaree, a weave of cotton. Denim comes from the term “serge from Nimes.” The weavers made it accidentally while trying to copy another fabric. The difference between denim and dungaree is in the dyeing process. The cotton in denim can be undyed, warp dyed or dyed after weaving. Dungaree on the other hand comes from the Hindi style of dyeing the warp thread of a cotton cloth with indigo. In that sense, dungaree is a type of denim.
In 17th century Europe, the jean fabric was common among the working class. Dungaree, called dungri, was also popular among the poor in India. It was later exported to England to make affordable clothes.

Trends and Popularity

The blue jean overalls were invented and patented by Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss & Co. This type of clothing was reinforced with copper rivets in the button fly and pocket areas. Later, Henry David Lee introduced the first zipper fly. Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler remain the most preferred and trusted brands today.
Blue jeans were made originally for miners and cowboys, but they became popular among Hippies and punk and metal sub-cultures. There was even a time when jeans were banned in public areas because it was a symbol of rebellion. In the USSR, people were executed for trafficking jeans. By the 1970s however, jeans became a staple for casual wear.

Fits and Styles

The first two types of jeans that were marketed were the brown cotton duck and the indigo blue. Today, jeans come in different fits such as straight, fit, slim fit, loose fit, boot cut, wash, skinny, bell bottom, cigarette bottom, narrow bottom, anti-fit, low waist, flare, and stretch.

Rise refers to the distance from the bottom of the crotch to the tip of the jeans’ waistband. There are four types to choose from. These are low rise, low-medium rise, medium rise and high rise.

There are two types of denim used for jeans. Washed denim is washed after the fabric is dyed, while raw denim isn’t washed after production. Faded jeans are considered art and people have come up with names for patterns such as honeycombs, stacks, whiskers and train tracks for the faded parts.

Colored denim has also gained popularity. Indigo dyeing creates the traditional blue jeans, while sulfur dyeing creates jeans with the following colors: pink, red, grey, black, purple, rust, green and mustard.

The 5 Most Common Fatal Diseases in Singapore

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Although Singapore’s health and mortality rate is considered good, according to several health-related studies, the most common causes of death are related to lifestyle practices. These are diseases that are non-communicable and may be acquired by people through heredity or bad eating and drinking habits.

In a 2015 survey, external causes like accident came in only at 5th among the causes of death. The following diseases are the common culprits.

1. Cancer

The common types of cancer in the country that affect the women are breast, colo-rectum, lung and corpus uteri cancer. For the men colo-rectum, lung, prostate, liver and lymphoma cancer are prevalent. This is regardless of ethnic and economic background. There are types of cancer that can be cured, but statistics in different studies are conflicting.

2. Pneumonia

The symptoms of pneumonia resemble common colds so most people overlook the condition until the damage becomes too obvious to ignore. Pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection of the lungs that causes inflammation from mucus and pus. The person will experience difficulty breathing, high fever and shoulder and chest pain.

3. Ischaemic Heart Diseases

This is also known by the name coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. The blood flow and circulation of oxygen in other parts of the body is constricted. The arteries become narrower and affect the heart in the long run. The problem with this condition is that a lot of people aren’t aware that they have this until they experience a heart attack.

4. Cerebrovascular Diseases

When the blood supply to the brain is limited or restricted, the brain becomes inflamed. This could lead to a stroke or impairment and dementia. The person will experience an intense headache at first. Cerebrovascular diseases include thrombosis, hemorrhage, embolism, atherosclerosis, and aneurysm.

5. Hypertensive Diseases

These are conditions caused by high blood pressure. If hypertension isn’t managed, it could result to the thickening or enlargement of the heart, narrowing of the arteries, arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, stroke and cardiac arrest. People with this condition are advised to lose or maintain the right weight, exercise, and minimize intake of cholesterol, fat and sugar.

Other diseases to watch out for:

Diabetes Mellitus

When the body has high sugar levels for an extended time, the person has diabetes. Hyperglycemia is the result of lack of or the failure to use the insulin hormone produced by the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is common among young people. The immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells. Type 2 diabetes manifests among older people and is characterized by the body’s inability to properly use insulin.

Kidney and Liver Diseases

When the kidney can no longer function properly, the body cannot clean the blood, filter extra water and control blood pressure. Kidney diseases are usually complications of diabetes, high blood pressure, and viral diseases. Liver disease on the other hand can cause vomiting and nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice, fatigue and weight loss. It is caused by alcohol abuse, different types of hepatitis, and cirrhosis.

Starting a Personal Blog

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If you have a lot of things in mind that you want to share or you want a record of important events in your life, starting a personal blog might be a great idea. It’s an alternative to a written journal if you hate your penmanship or you’re too lazy to scribble.

What Should I Write?

It could be a lifestyle blog that talks about fashion, food, health and travel. With a personal blog, you can write about anything. You can post reviews of books or comics, movies, music, television series, and video games. You can even talk about politics. There are also blogs that showcase art, photography and short fiction.

 

What If I Don’t Want to Write?

You blog does not have to contain only text. You can post your photos and art if you want to show your work. You can also share personal moments so you can revisit them in the future. There are also blogs that specialize in tutorials. Some of these have videos.

 

Can I Earn by Blogging?

You might even consider earning through your blog. For example, there are book reviewers who receive copies from publishers long before the release date. Some also earn through advertisements in their blog. Not only do you get to keep doing what you want, but you are also paid while doing it.

 

Where Do I Start Blogging?

There are sites where you can create blogs for free. Among the most popular are WordPress, Blogger (Blogspot), LiveJournal and Tumblr. Pick the site that suits you best. WordPress and Blogger have a reputation for popularizing blogging, while LiveJournal has a community that’s been around for years.

What Do I Get by Blogging?

Some people use it as a medium for sharing their works and their opinions. It’s one way of practicing your writing skills. You will get the same fulfillment in blogging as if you’re writing a traditional journal. Editing your own work is easier and you can share it to the public.

 

What Should I Look Out For?

It has disadvantages though. Blogs don’t usually have editors, even a group blog. Some writers do not verify their information. Opinion blogs are mostly unreliable because no one is telling the writer how to do it. Treat blogs as an alternative source for news, but be very critical.

 

What Do I Need to Remember?

If you have to quote from other works or use photos and artworks that you did not create yourself, don’t forget to cite your sources. This will make your blog look legitimate and the readers will trust you more. Using artworks in particular can be a sensitive issue. Respect other people’s work.

 

How Do I Attract Followers?

You will get more readership if you post more often. Promote your blog by using appropriate tags in your post and by posting links to your blog. Visiting and writing comments on other blog posts is also a good exposure.

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